Give, Set, Take the Glory to God

29:1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the
Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the
Lord in the splendor of holiness.

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

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

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

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

“Ascribe” means to give, set, take upon.  In this glorious Psalm, David is clear that ALL glory belongs to the Lord.  It’s to be given to Him as an offering.  It’s to be set upon Him as the only ONE worthy to receive it.  It’s to be taken to Him as obedience to a command…which it is (an imperative).

As much as we look to the grandiose to spark some “God thoughts” in us, I want to encourage / challenge you to give, set, take the Glory to God in the mundane, everyday things.  Consider the majestic language in the Psalm.  What’s the point of reflection?  Creation.  You got that every day!  Certainly we live in a culture where creation is exalted above Creator (except where unborn babies are concerned, they’re treated as less than creation by some), so we must be cautious.  However, don’t lose seeing that the God that whispers is the God that thunders and roars.

Within creation, David notices that God is still at work causing things and allowing things that will praise Him (as it’s doing from David’s lips).  There are storms, devastation, births.  God is not passive, nor is He uninvolved.  This means that God’s glory is right here, right now.  Whether you are sitting in a coffee shop like I am right now, or peering out an office window, riding a bike…God’s glory is ever-present because God is ever-present.

And lest we forget, the way that God has chosen to be glorified the greatest is when we treasure His Son, Jesus Christ…

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6

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