Ascribe to the Lord Glory 29 A Psalm of David. 1 Ascribe to the Lord , O heavenly beings, 1 c ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in d the splendor of holiness. 1 3 The voice of the Lord is over e the waters; the God of glory f thunders, the Lord , over many waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is g powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks h the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon to i skip like a calf, and j Sirion like a young k wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of l Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord makes m the deer give birth 1 and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 10 The Lord sits enthroned over n the flood; the Lord sits enthroned o as king forever. 11 May the Lord give p strength to his people! May the Lord bless 1 his people with q peace!
29 1 מִזְמ֗וֹר לְדָ֫וִ֥ד הָב֣וּ לַֽ֭יהוָה בְּנֵ֣י אֵלִ֑ים הָב֥וּ לַ֝יהוָ֗ה כָּב֥וֹד וָעֹֽז ׃ 2 הָב֣וּ לַֽ֭יהוָה כְּב֣וֹד שְׁמ֑וֹ הִשְׁתַּחֲו֥וּ לַ֝יהוָ֗ה בְּהַדְרַת ־ קֹֽדֶשׁ ׃ 3 ק֥וֹל יְהוָ֗ה עַל ־ הַ֫מָּ֥יִם אֵֽל ־ הַכָּב֥וֹד הִרְעִ֑ים יְ֝הוָ֗ה עַל ־ מַ֥יִם רַבִּֽים ׃ 4 קוֹל ־ יְהוָ֥ה בַּכֹּ֑חַ ק֥וֹל יְ֝הוָ֗ה בֶּהָדָֽר ׃ 5 ק֣וֹל יְ֭הוָה שֹׁבֵ֣ר אֲרָזִ֑ים וַיְשַׁבֵּ֥ר יְ֝הוָ֗ה אֶת ־ אַרְזֵ֥י הַלְּבָנֽוֹן ׃ 6 וַיַּרְקִידֵ֥ם כְּמוֹ ־ עֵ֑גֶל לְבָנ֥וֹן וְ֝שִׂרְיֹ֗ן כְּמ֣וֹ בֶן ־ רְאֵמִֽים ׃ 7 קוֹל ־ יְהוָ֥ה חֹצֵ֗ב לַהֲב֥וֹת אֵֽשׁ ׃ 8 ק֣וֹל יְ֭הוָה יָחִ֣יל מִדְבָּ֑ר יָחִ֥יל יְ֝הוָ֗ה מִדְבַּ֥ר קָדֵֽשׁ ׃ 9 ק֤וֹל יְהוָ֨ה ׀ יְחוֹלֵ֣ל אַיָּלוֹת֮ וַֽיֶּחֱשֹׂ֪ף 1 יְעָ֫ר֥וֹת וּבְהֵיכָל֑וֹ כֻּ֝לּ֗וֹ אֹמֵ֥ר כָּבֽוֹד ׃ 10 יְ֭הוָה לַמַּבּ֣וּל יָשָׁ֑ב וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב יְ֝הוָ֗ה מֶ֣לֶךְ לְעוֹלָֽם ׃ 11 יְֽהוָ֗ה עֹ֭ז 1 לְעַמּ֣וֹ יִתֵּ֑ן יְהוָ֓ה ׀ יְבָרֵ֖ךְ אֶת ־ עַמּ֣וֹ בַשָּׁלֽוֹם ׃
Give glory to the LORD and his mighty Word! Intro Voice = word Imagery of a terrible, mighty storm 'the LORD' repeated again and again Glory of God in worship in the heavenly court, through to the storm over the sea, down the length of canaan to the desert, and finally sitting in judgement and also in blessing to his people. Links to previous Psalms; 'strength', and 'giving strength to his people' cf Exodus 15 1. Give glory to the LORD in heaven (v1-2) Heavenly beings 'Splendour of holiness' 2. Give glory to the mighty voice of the LORD (v3-9) Storm imagery, geographic markers. Lebanon, Mount Hermon (Sirion), Kadesh. From Lebanon and Sirion (Mount Hermon), in far north, to Kadesh in far south (where they'd been on their wanderings) v9a lays the oaks bare - fits far better. Explain how the consonants are written and the vowels are 'received'. Rich BT theme; voice of the LORD. Storm, Job. Jesus, calming storm. cedars and mountains being moved; anticipating Isa 2.12 , day of the LORD. Everything man finds impressive will be brought low. 'holy' - what God is. 'Glory' - what proceeds from him. Glory of God . His awesome power over his creation, simply by speaking he brings unstoppable change. And his same voice gives strength to his weak people, and blesses his troubled people with peace. FCF. We don't honour his voice! We don't give him glory, we don't bow to him. We put our trust in things we think are great and unmoveable. We assume we already know his 'voice' - that it is, like ours - a voice of deception and self-interest, of cruel and harsh judgement, or aloofness. Rather than a voice of rescue, nurture, commitment, loyalty, blessing. Person of Jesus . The very word (voice) of God becomes flesh. In his miracles, he shows his power over creation. He comes inviting us to worship the Father in truth. He brings the final word of the Father, and it is a word of grace and truth. cf Isa 55 etc; his Word is ever so surprisingly bringing us a message of tenderness and welcome. Jesus, the one who speaks to the storm and it stops. Work of Jesus. The voice of God is silenced at the cross, and darkness envelops the light. Strength is not given, but taken away. Peace is not given, but removed. And God raises his Son and seats him to rule over all in judgement and for blessing. He gives life, he gives judgement (cf John 5). 3. The LORD rules as King over all, to do good to his people (v10-11) Peace can only be enjoyed inside of strength. v11 simple future sense. Ephesians 1. Jesus raised and seated above all authority. Given as head over all things to the church, which is his body. Union with Jesus. I find my strength in him, in my weakness. I trust he is ruling over this world, and ruling for my good. He gives me peace in the midst of trouble. I am learning the delight and freedom of praising God and honouring his voice in the midst of creation life. Invitation . Come and hear, come and trust the mighty voice of God, a mighty voice inviting you into his family and out of death. Confrontation . Stop trusting in things, and being wowed by things, which the voice of God will cause to crumble and melt. Consolation . Be comforted; he rules with his treasured people in mind. He gives us peace as we lean upon him. He gives his weak and feeble people strength. Wrap up: Nature in uproar, but his people in peace. Glory of God in worship in the heavenly court, through to the storm over the sea, down the length of canaan to the desert, and finally sitting in judgement and also in blessing to his people.