Provocative Devotion: Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O 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 holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over many 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;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

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

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

What a beautiful and powerful call to worship. After numerous Psalms in which David agonizes over being pursue by enemies, feeling the injustice of the wicked, and wondering why God takes so long to answer him, it is a joy to read Psalm 29. To ascribe to God is to declare the greatness of who He is. It is a call to declare strength and glory so that the world s made aware of how amazing God is. That tells me that faith is not to be a private matter. It is personal to be sure, but that is not the same as private. It is deeply heartfelt and has much emotion attached to it, but that is not the same as private. Private means I keep it to myself. Personal means it is deeply meaningful to me. Our faith is to be both personal and public. Meaning it is to be declared and made known. One way that happens is through worship. Worship can certainly be a solitary practice, something we do just between ourselves and God. But it must not be only a solitary practice it. It must at times be very public. We declare the greatness of God as all in His temple cry “glory”!

I often wonder why people claim that faith must be private. Something so wonderful, so powerful, so meaningful as faith in the creator of the universe is something that begs to be made known. It yearns to get out and let others know. All creation is aware of this reality. Jesus said that if our voices ceased to praise God then the very rocks would gain voice and cry out to the praise and glory of God. Do you believe in a God who sits enthroned as King forever? Do you have faith in a Lord whose very voice gives birth to the deer and strips the trees bare? Then cry holy! Declare His glory! Keep it not to yourself in the hidden recesses of your heart and mind but rather declare it, sing it, shout it loud, for the King of Glory sits on high.

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