1 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
It’s time to give the Lord something. Something He is worthy of. We have to give Him glory. Glory to His holy name. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a good day or a bad day. It doesn’t matter if you’re on top of the mountain or in the valley. It doesn’t matter if you are completely healthy and ready to run a marathon or if you’re sick and can hardly get out of bed . I still have to give God glory because it is due unto His name. There is never a time that He is not worthy of your praise. You may not feel like praising Him but what does that have to do with the way that He’s worthy of your praise?
Take time everyday to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. He is so worthy of your praise and your worship and your devotion. He is so worthy of the words of your lips lifting Him up on a regular basis. Give him all the glory
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
As we discussed in the last chapter David is very familiar with the voice of the Lord. We get the impression that He talks to God on a regular basis just as we should. Now He goes into a litany of descriptions of God’s voice. I wonder if we have ever heard God’s voice the way David does here
First he said the voice of the Lord is upon the waters. And that He thunders upon many waters. I don’t know if David was ever at the ocean or not but this is a great description of what the waves sound like when they come roaring into the shore. I can just picture the voice of the Lord coming in like the waves constantly coming in, wave after wave, wanting to communicate with us and wondering if we’re listening. If we’re listening his voice thunders because it’s full of majesty says verse 4. We always have to keep in mind that it was the voice of the Lord said let there be light in the beginning. It is the voice of the Lord that separated the waters from the Earth. It is the voice of the Lord that put the stars in heaven and the Sun and Moon in place. It was the voice of the Lord that brought forth with the animals and the greenery on this Earth. So his voice is powerful and full of majesty
He says the voice of the Lord breaks the cedars in Lebanon. Cedar is a very hard wood. It is not easy to break it. God’s voice is powerful enough to break the mighty Cedars of Lebanon. The Cedars of Lebanon that were shipped in to make the Tabernacle. It was precious wood and David had great respect for the cedar in Lebanon.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
David continues on the voice of the Lord. It divides the flames of fire. What a strange description of God’s voice. I imagine all of us have sat and watched a fire? The flames dance! David says that it’s God that divides those flames with His voice. When sitting around a campfire have you ever listened for the voice of God? I can imagine David out tending his flocks, building a fire to stay warm at night, and hearing the voice of God coming through the flames.
The voice of God shakes the wilderness. The wilderness is a place where people can get lost 0r disoriented. But David says the voice of God is there and it will help guide people and direct people. The voice of the Lord makes the hinds to calve. He brings forth the young with his voice. Even the animals of this earth listen to his voice when they bring forth their young.
In God’s Temple everyone speaks of His glory. Should it be any different here on this Earth? Shouldn’t we speak of His glory on a regular basis. I need to make sure that when I speak about God I speak about His glory. In a lot of our society His name has been made a curse word. May I never be guilty of taking the Lord’s name in vain. He deserves all the glory.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
The Lord sits upon the flood/ He is in control of the flood. Nothing happens without His knowledge and nothing happens that isn’t under His control. My life is like that flood. He sits on top of it and makes sure it doesn’t get too far out of control because He is king forever. He will give strength to me when I need strength and He will bless me with peace, even in the hardest of times. Take today for example – my feet hurt, my stomach hurts, my shoulder doesn’t work and I can only use two fingers on each hand. But he will give me strength to do what I need to do and I am at peace with Him and with myself. Because I know that He is in control because He is King forever. I do not need to be dismayed or downtrodden. I just need to praise Him. Hallelujah