To the “sons of the mighty” the King of Israel wrote a psalm (29) encouraging them to ascribe to the Lord, Glory! He wants the citizens of his kingdom to give glory and honor to the Lord, their God. He gives several reasons why this god is to receive worship and glory.
He wants his people to “ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name” (v. 2). He wants them dressed in “holy array” when they come to worship the Lord (v. 2). He believes this god has special attributes mandating He be honored by the people who will give special praise, adoration to Him.
One of these special attributes is “the voice of the Lord.” He says it “thunders,” it is “upon” and “over many waters.” He says this voice is “powerful” as well as “majestic.” This voice can break “in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.” It can shake the “wilderness.” It can make the pregnant animals deliver their babies. He can even strip the bark off of the trees in the forest.
This “voice of the Lord” represents His authority. King David says this Lord is “King” who will be “forever.” Because the Lord is “King” He will be able to “bless His people with peace” as well as giving them the “strength” they will need to encounter all the many different trials and situations in this world.
When we go beyond this psalm and consider other places in the Scripture where the “voice of the Lord” is demonstrated, we see how powerful His “voice” really is! Consider that everything created in this world came into being because of “the voice of the Lord.” Consider the verbal promise God made to Abraham and how it was fulfilled in history.
Peter reminds us that it was because of the “word of the Lord” that the world was destroyed by a flood (2 Peter 3:5-6). He goes on to say that this present world is only in existence because the Lord has not given the command for it to be destroyed (2 Peter 3:7).
In another passage, Jesus tells us that one day “the Lord,” His Father, will judge the people of the world. He will say to some “depart from Me” but to others He will say, “enter in.” When this “voice of the Lord” is spoken, each individual will begin their eternal existence either departed from God or in His very presence.
Because of the “voice of the Lord” He is not only entitled to receive glory but it is something which must be done. Ascribing glory to this Lord is something everyone will do who is living God’s way!
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.