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.
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
I confess: for the past several weeks I have found myself just wanting to scream. Yet I do not want to scream out of frustration or from anger, but out of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving? Yes! Thanksgiving. There is just so much praise within me for who God is and for all He has been doing in and through me I just want to yell at the top of my lungs: “Aaaaahhh!”
I have said “Thank You” repeatedly. I’ve been saying “God is faithful.” I’ve been telling friends what God has been doing. I have tried many ways to express my praise yet haven’t found the words which could possibly describe my sheer gratitude for being God’s child. I honestly do not think I could ever find a human word with the ability to convey the depths of my heart.
And you know what is awesome?! God knows this. He knows my human heart could never fully express to Him the praise He deserves.
So what does He do? He gives me His Word. He gives you His Word, too. His Word not only commands us to praise Him, but it actually gives us the praises as well! Hebrews 13:15 tells us to, “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.” Jesus Himself declared to the Pharisees as they tried to stop His disciples from shouting praises, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40).
God doesn’t want us to remain silent, yet He knows we are only human. So He gives us promises like Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” This means God understands my scream.
“Aaaahhh!” Yup. God knows what this means.
Yet God doesn’t stop with the command to praise and the promise He’ll understand our groans and screams. He goes further to provide us with praises like Psalm 29. He gives us His own Words we can in turn speak back to Him.
Meditate on the above Psalm for a moment. Do you know what my favorite verse is? It is verse 9: and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” This entire psalm ascribes to God so many attributes. God is mighty. God is holy. God is powerful. God is strength. And the response of the people? “Glory!” That is the scream from the depths of their heart. It is the cry from the depths of mine as well.
God is. And because God is, we are. So I encourage you this day to pause and to breathe in His goodness and His grace. May you see His power working in and through you. May you have that moment of worshipping our Lord in the beauty of holiness, that moment you stand in His temple and “Glory!” is the only thing your spirit can voice. Glory to our mighty God. Glory to our King. Glory to the Great I Am. Glory! He is God and needs nothing, yet day after day He allows us the privilege of giving glory to His name. And as we give unto Him, He gives unto us. He gives strength. He gives peace. He gives wisdom. He gives grace. The God who is worthy of all our praise rewards our praise–a truly humbling thought. We who are not worthy are strengthened by the One who is.