1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King for ever. 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
I like the word ascribe. It reminds me of modern worship songs in the 1980s! Here’s its definition:
(ə-skrīb′) tr.v. as·cribed, as·crib·ing, as·cribes
1. To regard as arising from a specified cause or source
2. To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time
So glory and strength arise from or originate with God. They also belong to him. That thought is probably enough.
Questions for thought and discussion...
- What other characteristics in this psalm can be ascribed to God? Take some time to list them.
- Pray for any young people you have influence with, that they would grasp that they will never grasp the true magnificence of God and all that should be ascribed to him!