January 12, 2022
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace (shalom).
On Sunday we saw some of the questions that were asked about Jesus, “Who is this?” The Psalmist speaks of the identity of God long before those questions came about Jesus. Seeing the identity of God as being the one worthy of all praises. The one whose voice is heard in a parts of creation and is heard over all other voices. The one who is the God of all the nations. The one who sits as king forever and brings restoration of order (peace, as translation of shalom). God restores all things for us and in us.
This is the identity we see of God in Psalm 29 and it is the identity that comes through of Jesus in the gospels. John speaking of Jesus being the “word at the beginning” and the creator of all life in John 1. Seeing Jesus restoring order in the world as he brings healings of many, as he offers forgiveness of sin to the crippled man lowered through the roof, as he gives life to Lazarus after his death, as he is celebrated as the king of all at his entry into Jerusalem. In so many ways we see these things offered to Jesus in the gospels and in the letters of the Apostles to come after.
And we continue to see who we are in this Psalm as well. We are the people who bring the praises of God in worship and in all of life. We are the ones who hear the voice of God; in his word, in the world around us. We are the ones who receive strength and who are given his peace, having life being restored to the way he has meant it to be from the beginning.
Hear the voice of God speak to you this day. Hear God speak in the words of the Psalm. Hear him in the encouragements of those around you. Hear him in the silence of the moment and in the busyness and noise of the day. God puts his name upon us and callus his own. And we live in worship and praise. We follow as he calls us.
Song – You Say
O God, as you once claimed us in the Spirit’s waters and number us among your own beloved, give us power to do your work, to show your love, and to live holy and joyful lives. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall live with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.