“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His Name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, and the Lords sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”
In this Psalm, David is equating the voice of the Lord to the powerful sound of thunder. Perhaps he was caught in a thunderstorm and had to seek shelter in one of the many caves that flanked the region. There in the refuge of the cave, David ponders the mighty power of the Lord. As he considers His God, David interprets the thunder as the voice of the Lord calling to him to give glory to His great Name.
I like how The Message interprets some of these verses. Allow your mind’s eye to see the imagery and glimpse the glory of the Lord:
“God thunders across the waters, brilliant, His voice and His face, streaming brightness” (verse 3).
“God’s thunder tympanic, God’s thunder symphonic” (verse 4).
“God’s thunder smashes cedars, God topples the northern cedars” (verse 5).
“God’s thunder spits fire” (verse 7).
“God thunders, the wilderness quakes” (verse 8).
“God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing a wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches. We fall to our knees – we call out, “Glory!”
David said, “Give to the Lord the glory due to His Name…” Do you suppose the Lord receives our worship as a gift? I think so.
The next time you hear the rolling explosion of thunder, let your heart be filled with awe as you consider how great is the Lord our God.
Lord, I can’t help but think about that old hymn, How Great Thou Art. Lord, can we fully grasp how great You are? Can we wrap our brains around it? You are beyond our comprehension and yet You dwell in us. You are the Creator of the Universe and yet You call us by Name. You are glorious in majesty, worthy of our praise! We love You Lord and bow before You in adoration and worship. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!