1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, 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 skip 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.
There are two words that stand out in this psalm. The first word is “ascribe” which means to attribute something to. The psalmist starts by attributing to the Lord glory, strength and splendor. What motivates the psalmist to praise Him so? The psalmist declares that it is everything the Lord created with His voice.
“Voice” is the second of the two words. It is used seven times in this psalm. Genesis 1 uses the phrase “God said” eight times. God spoke and it came into being. God said and there was light. God said and there was an expanse between the waters. God said and … John 1 gives us more insight into the voice and creation when he said: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (Verses 1 – 3) Jesus, our redeemer, was there in the beginning.
The use of the word “voice” seven times stands for perfection and rest. Smith’s bible dictionary says it also means completeness. When God spoke, creation came into being. The psalm calls for us to praise Him for His creation. All the heavens and all creation ascribe His glory.
On the sixth day the Lord said: "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) It was the eighth time He spoke. Eight is the number often referred to as indicating new beginnings or a new order. We, mankind, were a new creation distinct from all the rest of creation. We were given a voice. Of all the creatures we are the only ones who can ascribe glory and honor to our Lord. Not only does creation evoke our praise but also Jesus’ sacrifice for us is all the more reason to rejoice over Him.
Prayer: “Father, thank you for your voice that spoke and still speaks life into our world. I thank you for my voice to praise your glory and to ascribe greatness to you. I thank you that creative power is released through my voice and changes my world and the world of those around me. I bless you in Jesus’ name. Amen!”