Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Psalm 29 Ascribe Glory to God

KEY TEXT: Ps 29:1-2 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. 

KEY THOT: We are called to ascribe glory and strength to the Lord because it is his due. We do it by ascribing everything in nature as a manifestation of his power and strength: waters, thunders, cedars, calves, oxen, lightning, earthquakes, miracle of birth, and even physical man-made structure like the temple of God. Take nothing for granted; don’t attribute anything to man, but to God—even man-made physical environment and structures are all derived from God’s creation. We see God in everything around us—and we worship Him! So Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!”

Being surrounded mainly by man-made structures and systems here in Singapore, we are more likely to praise man rather than God for all the blessings we have received. But the psalmist exhorts us to ascribe all the blessings we receive to God, not to any man or any human party: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” It’s only when we rightly ascribe to God all the material and spiritual blessings we receive that we can truly worship Him in the splendor of holiness.

Everyday, and throughout the day, as I look around the beauty of the day and night sky, as I meet people, as I enjoy the air-conditioned train, bus and buildings, as I sit down among nature in a café or cycle along the beach, I must ascribe to God everything and thank Him, so that worship becomes a continuous habit, not just something I do on Sunday.

Father, what a joy it is just to be alive in this world you have made! You have caused me to wonder at the universe You have created when I was a teenager. You have led me to a place of worship because I saw You in everything You have made and also in every blessing I have received. May Your great name be glorified and worshiped by everyone and everywhere! Amen.

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