Praise Habit: Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendour.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty 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 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 causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’

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

Psalm 29 (NRSV)

This Psalm makes me think of the mythologies and fairy tales I loved as a kid… heck, I still love them. There is this sense of awe and wonder at this otherly being (Yahweh) who thunders across the waters, who’s voice shakes, rattles, and roles all of creation. But this mythology is real, and our only response is to stand in His house and cry out at the top of our lungs, “GLORY!”

The Psalm begins with a call for angels and men to ascribe glory and strength to the Name of the Lord, to worship the Lord in Holy splendor. Visions of truth and terrible beauty such as this Psalm should cause us to tell… talk about the God who causes this to be… sing about our great God and the Holy splendor He lives in… proclaim the favor of the Lord toward his people… invite others to come and worship this great God, to stand in His house and cry “GLORY!” with all of creation.

Lord, teach me to worship you in spirit and truth. Teach me to approach the throne of the Most High and cry out “GLORY!”. Mold my vocabulary and my life so that I might ascribe glory, strength, love and greatness to You, for you are glorious.

You are King forever! Please, give strength to us, your people. Bless us with the peace of Christ, and teach us all to ascribe glory to your name as we see you more clearly and cry, “GLORY!”

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