What Makes Deer Give Birth? – Psalm 29

I hope God’s plan is for his people to hear the original songs from the book of Psalms, as they were written, when we are in his kingdom. I’ve seen scripture where we’re told to sing a new song to the Lord, but do you think he might enjoy reminiscing about the old songs once in a while—much like my older family members enjoy the Gaither Homecoming videos?

The recurring themes in Psalm 29 make it easy for me to imagine how this song might sound. I really don’t think there will be any cultural or stylistic barriers to us enjoying them, because I’m convinced our praise will be perfect.

“Ascribe to the Lord… Ascribe to the Lord… Ascribe to the Lord” (Psalm 29:1-2 ESV). Repetition helps keep the words in my memory.

“The voice of the Lord… The voice of the Lord… The voice of the Lord… ” (verses 5-9). This phrase occurs eight times, which convinces me this song’s got a beat I’d probably be doing a happy dance to. Or clapping. Or something.


I think, because of the visual images they give, my favorites are verses 7-9:

“The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!'”

I definitely appreciate the power of his words.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis


By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .


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