1/13/2019 5:27:03 PM
A Prescription for Ascription
“A psalm of David.
Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
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 voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
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.” (Psalm 29, NIV)
This is a psalm of prescription for ascription. David is prescribing that we ascribe to the Lord God, YAHWEH everything He is due. Three times, reflecting the trinitarian repetition, David tells us to give God what He is due.
The Lord is due respect from the “heavenly beings” and by implication everyone lower than them. The Lord is due recognition for His glory and strength. Therefore, the Lord and only He, is due glorious worship by all His creatures.
The “Lord” is YAHWEH, the only name used in this Psalm. He is the always, everywhere Present One. He calls Himself I AM and we must acknowledge that He Is, not that He was or that He will be. David sees The Lord’s presence expressed in the power of creation unleashed upon the world and uncontrollable by mankind. “God is everywhere conspicuous, and all the earth is hushed by the majesty of his presence.” [Spurgeon]
David speaks seven times of God’s voice, seen in nature, heard in thunder and wind and yet forming no words. The pictures David paints are of things that often leave men and women speechless and trembling.
“The voice of the LORD is over the waters; …The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; …The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; …The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.”
One can imagine King David, standing on a hill overlooking a plain, with mountains in the distance. Perhaps he is surveying an enemy force amassed against him in the valley. As David surveys the scene, he watches as a storm sweeps down from the mountains upon the enemy gathered in the valley. There are flashes of lightening, crashes of thunder, fierce winds blowing huge trees around as if they were blades of grass. His enemies are confused, filled with fear and defeated without a fight.
Reflecting on this, David gives glory to The Lord who has just “spoken” on his behalf.
The enemies of David are shaken and retreat in fear as “the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.” God’s majestic power unleashed in this storm seems to make the whole land of “Lebanon leap like a calf,” and mighty Mt. Hermon [Sirion] leap like a young wild ox.”
Even if there wasn’t an impending battle, David knows and directs us to know that The Lord expresses His always presence in the world He has created. We are truly powerless and weak against the power of nature, let alone the trouble and turmoil of our carnal and spiritual enemies. Yet, as we learn to recognize the “voice of the Lord” in the storms of life, we can also find peace in the presence and promise of Our Lord, for; “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.”
These last two verses remind me of a story we find in Matthew 8:23-27; “Then he [Jesus] got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’”
Psalm 29 answers the disciple’s question. Jesus, whose name means literally Yahweh saves, is the Logos, the voice of God in the flesh. In his presence and by His power and promise we find peace that passes all understanding even in the worst of times. When there are floods, Jesus is still on the throne, unmoved by the turbulence and promising unmovable peace to His people. He is King forever. When we are weak in the face life’s storms, Jesus gives us His strength and blesses us with peace, for He is the Prince of Peace.
Psalm 29 is not a prayer. As stated before, Psalm 29 is a prescription for ascription. We are not instructed to pray but to rest peacefully in the strength of the Lord as He bears us up above the tumultuous flood. Sometimes silence is the loudest form of prayer and worship, “be still and know that I am God” [Ps. 46:10]
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This psalm celebrates the power and grandeur of the voice of the Lord. Seven is the number of perfection, and so Psalm 29 portrays the sevenfold glory of the voice of the Lord. The psalmist surveys the whole of creation—land, sea, and sky—and wherever he turns he witnesses the power of God’s word. The voice of the Lord is over the waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks. What a powerful and poetic celebration of God’s word!
“This is why we can sing with the psalmist, ‘Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength’ (v. 1). This is why all in his temple cry, ‘Glory’ (v. 9). We capture glimpses of this glory as Jesus walks on the water, and as he stills the angry sea. We hear this voice afresh when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and cast out demons. We hear it again when the risen and ascended Lord declares, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades’ (Rev. 1:17–18). Indeed, the full weight of the glory of God’s voice is heard in the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. His voice became enfleshed in Jesus Christ. In him, God’s voice is fully revealed and heard.”
As Christians we are the Temple of the Lord. Therefore, let us cry Glory! In our hearts, always and everywhere giving our Always and Everywhere Lord the glory and worship only He is due. “Let heaven and earth pass away, the Lord will surely bless his people.” [Spurgeon]
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