Ascribe glory! (Psalm 29)

Do you hear God’s voice thunder in the surf? Do you hear it in the tsunami? In the tornado? The earthquake? The volcano eruption? The forest fire? The sand storm? Those who have ears to hear will recognize his voice in all these roars as well as in the labored breathing of a deer giving birth.

The first verses of Psalm 29, along with 1 Chronicles 16:28 & 29, Psalm 68:34, and especially Psalm 96:7 & 8, are why I named this blog, Ascribelog. I’m a writer, a scribe, who tries to ascribe glory to God.

Psalm 29 begins with a call to the angels and all people to glorify God and worship him in the splendor of his holiness:

Ascribe to the Lord, O 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 holiness (1-2, ESV).

The next several verses describe how God’s voice is heard in storms and natural wonders (3-9, ESV):

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

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.

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!”

God speaks in all the so-called “natural disasters” or better-named “acts of God.” He sits enthroned forever(10-11, ESV):

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
   May the Lord bless his people with peace!

May you hear God speak in all the events of your life. When you see the lightning flash or hear the surf surge against a rock, may you cry, “Glory!”

As I type, thunder rumbles. I hear God’s voice.



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