Ascribe to the LORD, you 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 his holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.
We can feel power ooze out of this Psalm as we sing it and glorify an awesome God.
The Psalm declares that God is majestic and powerful, describing him as the one who thunders, who is mighty, and who sits enthroned over the flood.
The Psalm declares that God's voice is powerful, describing it as thundering, shaking the wilderness, and breaking the cedars of Lebanon. God's voice is a force to be reckoned with.
The Psalm declares that God is worthy of praise, calling on all creatures, from angels to humans to animals, to give God the glory and worship he deserves.
The Psalm declares that God is the creator of all things, who made the heavens and the earth, and his power is evident in the natural world around us.
And finally, the Psalm declares that God is a refuge for his people, a source of strength and peace.
As we sing it, let it remind us of God's power, majesty, and love for his people. For us. And let that encourage us to worship and trust in him, knowing he is a faithful and powerful protector.
I don't want to make a habit of this, but here is another song that mirrors what the psalmist felt as he wrote this Psalm. It's called Awesome God. It describes the God we believe in! And I hope it encourages us to trust in God as much as this Psalm does.
God be with you.