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8/21 – Ascribe to the Lord (Psalm 29)

 

Introduction — Here David calls the sons of the mighty to worship the Lord. He calls them to declare the glory of the Lord. He urges them to behold the glory of the Lord. He beckons them to hear the glory of the Lord. David conducts them through a symphony of the Lord’s voice booming through creation—over the waters, through the storms, in the forests—with power and majesty. David rehearses the wonder of the Lord’s reign over all things. David takes these sons of the mighty to the Lord’s temple, where everything and everyone says, “glory!” David may rule as king over Israel, but the Lord is the great King. He is the King of kings. He sits as King forever. And as the King, the Lord gives strength and the Lord gives peace to His people. David is in awe of this King. How about us? Do we stand in awe of the Lord? Do we listen to His voice? Do we know how to listen? Do we care to listen? Do we stop, dead in our tracks, before His wondrous voice? Do we worship Him? Do we urge others to worship Him? Do we receive His peace? Do we delight in His peace? Do we give Him the glory due His name? Do we declare His glory?

 

Let’s give it up for the glory of the Lord. The Lord is over all creation. The Lord is mighty. The Lord is powerful. The Lord is King, giving strength, bringing peace. Let’s give it up for the glory of the Lord. Let’s give up our glory for His glory. Let’s give up our voice for His voice. Let’s give up our agendas for His agenda. Let’s give up our strength for His strength. Let’s give up our control for His control. Let’s give up awe of self for awe of the Lord. Let’s give it up for the glory of the Lord.

 

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in holy array. (2)

 

WORSHIP THE LORD OF GLORY (1-2)

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in holy array.

 

Comments: Here David calls the sons of the mighty to worship the Lord. Who are these guys? More than likely they are pagan kings or false gods, and David directs these mighty ones to behold One mightier than them.  David wants them to see the glory of the Lord. David wants them to speak the glory of the Lord.  And he wants this glory—the brilliant splendor and holy fire—of the Lord to seize them. David wants them to be in awe of the Lord. So, with fervent passion, he tells them, he calls them to worship the Lord. And in calling these mighty ones, David is calling the nation to worship the Lord. Questions: Do we urge others to worship the Lord? Do we have a deep burden for those who do not worship the Lord? Do we encourage others to give glory to the Lord? Do we have a bold passion for the glory of the Lord? Do we want the glory of the Lord to be a big deal to our family and friends? Is the glory of the Lord a big deal to us? Does the glory of the Lord consume us?

Illustration: For zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. ~ Psalm 69:9 

 

Application: Let’s give up awe of self for awe of the Lord. Let’s bow down before Him. And let’s urge others to do the same.

 

HEAR THE LORD OF GLORY (3-9)

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is majestic.

Comments: David conducts them through a symphony of the Lord’s voice booming through the earth—over the waters, through the storms, in the forests—with power and majesty. David rehearses the wonder of the Lord’s reign over all things. Seven times in this section, he uses the phrase, the voice of the LORD.  He definitely does not want them to miss the raw, limitless might of this voice. Finally, David takes these sons of the mighty to the Lord’s temple, where everything and everyone says, “glory!” It seems like David shows them that using one’s voice to give glory to the Lord is the only proper response to hearing the voice of the Lord. Questions: How about us? Do we take time to hear the Lord’s voice? Do we stop to consider the power of His voice? Do we know His power over creation? Do we know His power to judge? Do we hear His majesty? Do we hear His voice? Do we want to hear His voice? Does His voice stop us dead in our tracks? Do we give up our voice for His voice? Illustration: If you will fear the Lord and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the command of the Lord, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God. ~ 1 Samuel 12:14

 

Application: Let’s give up our voice for His voice. Let’s listen to Him. And let’s urge others to do the same.

 

SEEK THE LORD OF GLORY (10-11)

10 The Lord sat as King at the flood; yes, the Lord sits as King forever. 11 The Lord will give strength to His people;

The Lord will bless His people with peace.

 

Comments:  David ends this psalm with a reminder of who is in charge. Though David rules as king over Israel, the Lord is the great King. He is the King of kings. He sits as King forever. And as the King, the Lord gives strength and the Lord gives peace to His people. David is in awe of this King. On a side note, verse eleven can also be a prayer and a doxology: may the LORD give strength, and may the LORD bless His people with peace. David sees the Lord of glory, and he seeks to live for His glory. And he wants everyone else to do the same. Questions: How about us? Do we seek the Lord of glory? Do we want to live for Him? Do we cry out for others to live for Him? Do we ask the Lord to move in a mighty way among His people, His church? Do we give up our strength for His strength? Do we seek His power and peace? Do we urge others to do the same? Illustration: Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. ~ Psalm 105:3

 

Application: Let’s give up our strength for His strength. Let’s seek His power and His peace. And let’s urge others to do the same.

Word Study for Psalm 29

1 ascribe (yahab—to give; to place; to praise; to choose; bring, hand over or deliver)

1 glory (kabod—heaviness; abundance; honor; reputation; renown; wealth; respect)

2 worship (hawah—bow down; bow in worship; sink down; bow down deeply; obey)

2 holy (qodes—something holy; sacredness; set apart; sanctuary; moral purity; consecrated)

3 voice (qol—sound; thunder; din; noise; message; call; voice; cry)

4 powerful (koah—strength; power; might; hardness; authority; firm; vigor; substance)

4 majestic (hadar—adornment; splendor; grandeur; best quality; beautiful; instills awe)

5 breaks (sabar—destroy; crush; shatter; strip; smash)

6 makes skip (raqad—leap; jump; fearful or joyful movement; dance)

8 shakes (yahal—to be in labor; to writhe; to tremble; to twist; to turn around)

9 strips (hasap—to strip off the bark; to make bare; to lay bare; bring to premature birth)

10 sits (yasab—to sit down; remain; dwell; inhabit; live; set up camp)

10 King (melek—the King; sovereign; to anoint; ruler; to be king; royalty; the great King)

11 peace (salom—completeness; soundness; success; wholeness; safeness; satisfaction)

 

Application for Psalm 29

Let’s ascribe glory to the Lord.
Let’s worship the Lord in the majesty of holiness.
Let’s listen to the voice of the Lord.
Let’s be amazed at the voice of the Lord.

Let’s tremble before the Lord.

Let’s join with all creation in praise to the Lord.

Let’s rejoice that the Lord is King forever.

Let’s delight in the Lord’s strength and peace.

 

Gospel Connections for Psalm 29

Jesus is worthy. As His followers, we know that Jesus is worthy. We speak of His strength. We declare His glory. We worship Him. We see Him as Lord over all creation. He is Lord over the storms. We hear Him through the tumult. We listen to Him. His voice is praiseworthy. His voice is powerful. His voice is majestic. His voice is dynamic. His voice is fearsome. His voice is sovereign. And with our voice, the voice He gives us, we say, “glory!” Jesus is the King of kings. Yes, He sits as King forever. Jesus gives strength to His people. Jesus blesses His people with peace.

 

Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 29

The whole world is a theater for the display of the divine goodness, wisdom, justice, and power, but the Church is the orchestra, as it were—the most conspicuous part of it; and the nearer the approaches are that God makes to us, the more intimate and condescending the communication of his benefits, the more attentively are we called to consider them. ~ John Calvin

We fear God by honoring, reverencing, and cherishing Him. His greatness and majesty reduce us to an overpowering sense of awe that is not focused only on His wrath and judgment but also on His transcendent glory, which is like nothing else we can confront in this world. It leaves us all but speechless. ~ David Jeremiah

Give all glory to God. Always. No exceptions. ~ Lydia Marshall

Everything God does—past, present, or future, whether in grace or in judgment—is to reveal His glory.

~ Jim George

 

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God. ~ John Piper

 

You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. ~ Augustine

Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can't contain Him. Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?” ~ Francis Chan

 

The real crisis of worship today is not that the preaching is paltry or that it’s too drafty in church. It is that people have no sense of the presence of God, and if they have no sense of His presence, how can they be moved to express the deepest feelings of their souls to honor, revere, worship, and glorify God? ~ R.C. Sproul

 

Our failure to hear His voice when we want to is due to the fact that we do not in general want to hear it, that we want it only when we think we need it. ~ Dallas Willard, Hearing God

 

Few people arise in the morning as hungry for God as they are for cornflakes or toast and eggs. ~ Dallas Willard, Hearing God