Two Psalms I Absolutely Love!

Posted on July 12, 2019


By David Ettinger

A Low View of God
During my unsaved high school days in the 1970s, one of my favorite bands was the Doobie Brothers. One of the songs they performed was “Jesus is Just Alright.” The song begins this way:

“Jesus is just alright with me, Jesus is just alright, oh yeah
Jesus is just alright with me, Jesus is just alright.”

dobbie brothers

Basically, the idea is that Jesus is our friend, our pal, our buddy. And though Jesus does love those who are His, absent from this song is any sense of Jesus as Deity, that He is God, that, as John 10:30 instructs us, He and the Father are one. Omitted from any consideration in the song are the power, majesty, glory, and holiness of God. Sadly, “Jesus is Just Alright” offers a rather low view of our Lord.

Though I am so grateful Jesus is my Friend (John 15:12-17), I have heard plenty of sermons preached on this side of Jesus’ nature. What there is not enough of coming from pulpits are sermons which magnify His resplendent power, majesty, and holiness. Fortunately, the Bible is not remiss in this area, and two Psalms in particular focus exclusively on these qualities of our Lord. Indeed, these are two Psalms I absolutely love!

Psalm 93
Just feast your eyes on the first two verses: “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.”

royal crown

Now that’s more like it! From the outset, we learn that God is sovereign over all, and that His royal robes are majestic. He is “armed with strength.” Just how powerful is God? Psalm 33:6 informs us that “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” That’s power! We are also instructed in Psalm 93 that God is eternal. This is confirmed by the marvelous Micah 5:2, which says of Jesus: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

In verses 3-4, Psalm 93 tells us more about our Savior: “The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty.”

In ancient days, and even today, the fury of the ocean when agitated by a great storm was a fearsome thing. The power of the sea was capable of shattering the sturdiest of ships to pieces and taking the lives of the most robust of men in moments. Yet, the power of the sea at its most terrifying is like a mere rain puddle when compared to the incomprehensible power of God. No force of nature can hope to match God’s awesome and unapproachable might!

Verse 5 concludes: “Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.” Here we learn that God is holy – that He is pure, righteous, and upright – and because of this and what we have learned of His power in the previous verses, we should obey His commands and laws.

menacing clouds

Psalm 29
This composition by King David is twice as long as Psalm 93, so I’ll just touch on a few verses. Verses 3-5 state: “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.”

The picture here is of a fierce and unnerving thunderstorm. The Lord’s voice is the thunder which echoes across the skies, sending tremors of dread and foreboding coursing through the souls of all in earshot. It is as if God is saying: “So, you think these mighty, pounding, furious waves are terrifying, then consider Me! I created these waters and they move at My command.”

We also discover that voice of the Lord “breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon” (v. 5); “strikes with flashes of lightning” (v. 7); “shakes the desert” (v. 8); and “twists the oaks and strips the forests bare” (v. 9). And the response to the Lord’s awesome display of the power? “And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’” (v. 9). What else could it possibly be!

Psalm 29 ends with one final acknowledgement of the Lord’s sovereignty and benevolence: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace” (vv. 10-11).

Now, that’s Better!
Yeah, the song “Jesus is Just Alright” is catchy, but I rank it 1 star out of 10 for its theology. Psalms 93 and 29, however, now that’s better! Those are a couple of compositions I can rejoice and revel in!