A Psalm of David. Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is 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, yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the 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 everyone says, “Glory!” The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, and the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. (Psalms 29)
Give The Lord The Glory Due His Name
Growing up in central Florida it was not uncommon to experience a violent (and very loud) summer rain storm. As a child I was fascinated by force of such a storm as it roared through the landscape. Bright flashes of lightning followed by immense booms of thunder rolling through the sky. Rain poured in torrents as ditches filled to capacity and the trees strained against the onslaught of punishing winds. It was quite an awesome and yet fearful experience. This was especially true when we were prepared to count the distance of the lightning and there was no time to count before the boom rattled everything in the house. Needless to say watching the storms in the front living room of our old Jim Walter home was a childhood memory long cherished.
Reading David’s psalm reminds me of those days. It tells me of how great and Awesome my God is. When those storms would roll through central Florida everyone ran for cover. They knew to stay out in the open with that kind of weather was a very dangerous proposition. No one argued. Everyone agreed – powerful storm.
David must have experienced that kind of storm and his reflection was on the power and beauty of God. Blessed with parents who taught me about God I too associated the great storm with the majesty of the Lord. How can we not see the invisible attributes of a visible God in those storms? The psalmist declares that we should give the Lord the respect due His name because of His glory and His strength. And when we learn to give respect to the Name of our Lord then we will know how to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Today is the first day of the week. Many people have risen early to enjoy a sunrise service giving honor to Christ for His resurrection. Sadly they give lips of praise to the Lord that means very little to them the rest of the week and their lives. Worship for many is floral in its concept; they only worship when the Easter lilies bloom or the Poinsettia blossoms. Worship fears God for who He is every day. Let today be a day of praise and honor for the power and majesty of a loving yet powerful Father. Give unto Him the glory due His name today – and tomorrow – and the next day – and every day or your life. Praise God. Thank you for the storm.
It would be wonderful if Easter crowds thronging the stores for new garments of the season could get as excited about making sure of new garments on the Great Getting-Up Morning! (Vance Havner)