To ascribe, means to lay something to the account of a person or thing. Psalm 29 urges every worshiper to acknowledge that God is glorious and full of strength. God deserves our fullest admiration; God is clothed in the splendor of holiness.
The next verses (29:3-9) present seven wonder-filled statements about the voice of God.
• The voice of God is over the 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 of Lebanon
• The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire
• The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness
• The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
Stop for a moment and think: we are called to live before and worship this powerful, indescribable God! He upholds his creation by the power of his word. Is our worship commensurate with the magnitude of God? So much of modern worship is tepid and dreary. Our ability to give full attention to the voice of God is muted by our limited, scripture starved imagination.
This Sunday when you gather for worship, and I hope you are making plans already to gather with God’s people, get beyond the music, the rituals, personal preferences, and really listen for the voice of God. Open your bible; read it; pray; confess any and all sin; ask God to prepare you for worship. And when you hear his voice speaking to you through Scripture, do what the psalmist says: shout Glory! v.9
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!
Mighty God, forgive us for being so casual in the presence of your awesome power and strength. Thank you for being patient with us. Open our eyes so we can see you seated on your throne; open our ears so we can hear your terrible and strong voice. We bow down before you; you are our king forever. Amen