1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
This Psalm is calling us to praise the Lord, giving Him the glory that is due. His voice is awe striking, powerful, and full of majesty. But what is His voice? In verse 9, it is attributed to the creation of life and the bringing of death, but through both His people “cry, ‘Glory!'” The Psalm uses strong nature images to convey the might of His voice, of His power. There is a big storm with rolling thunder and flashing lightning, but all the while His people praise Him. They do not turn or run away, but find their shelter in the Lord and rest in His temple.
Crazy things happen in our lives, but if we are trusting in Jesus, we need not be afraid of what is to some. Even through the storm we can praise Him because we know that He has promised us eternal glory. He is good and gives good gifts to His children (Matt. 7:11). But who qualify as His children? Those who trust in Jesus as their LORD and SAVIOR. Those who turn from of their sin that has separated them from God and turn to Jesus for their rescue. Those who do not trust in themselves to be saved, but trust in the only true Savior, Christ Jesus. He died that we may live if we trust in Him and believe in Him. Jesus sums up the entire Old Testament Law with this: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:37-40) How do we love God? “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). We turn from our sin to walk in obedience; that is how we show that we love God. That is how we are free from our guilt, shame, and short-comings. We live for Him.