1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the
Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the
wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king
11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people
Have you ever imagined what the voice of the Lord sounds like? I usually
think of it as a whisper, but I'm captivated today by all the imagery and
power ascribed to God's voice in this Psalm. God's voice breaks the
cedars! It flashes forth flames of fire! It shakes the wilderness! It causes the
oaks to whirl! Wouldn't that voice be amazing to hear?
We remember in Genesis 1, of course, when God's voice brought all
creation into being. How can we not proclaim, along with the Psalmist, that
the voice of the Lord is powerful! And all say, "Glory!"
(Although I resist the idea that God's voice sounds male, or even human,
perhaps some of us have a hard time not hearing Morgan Freeman's voice
in our head...)