Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His Name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.
The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.
The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.
This Psalm is full of the power and glory of the LORD. When LORD is written in all capital letters, it signifies that the Hebrew word used was the Name of God, Jehovah, pronounced “Ya-way.” I was taught that when the scribes came to that word, they would take a bath and put on clean clothing before they trimmed a new pen and dipped in into new ink to write the word. So sacred was that Name that any human pollution that could be removed was removed!
So sacred is that Name that I do not know of any child who has ever been named Jehovah. Nor am I aware of any society in which the gods of their religion are called Jehovah. I just did a short search, and could find no incidence of either of the above. It may be that I’m wrong. I’ve just never heard of it.
Verse two says we are to worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The word beauty indicates glory, or holy. adornment. And holiness is set apart, sacred. We need to worship Him with joy, with gladness; and with the knowledge that He alone is God! Worship is serious business.
Thunder. I have a clear memory of walking home from school in St. James, MN, with a group of girls my age. I was 14. It was in southern Minnesota farm country, where storms can blow up in a hurry. It was spring. Always windy, on this particular day we could hear the wind whistling around buildings, and knew the darkening clouds meant a storm. We wanted to get home before we got soaked.
Suddenly, a BOOM of thunder had most of the girls running for shelter, screaming and covering their ears. If you’ve never been caught in a prairie thunder storm, you won’t understand how incredibly loud it was! I, however, was new to the area. I’ve always loved storms, and thunder didn’t scare me. I thought it was exciting. I loved the feeling of the wind making a mess of my hair 🙂 Of course, I knew that lightning was something to fear, but I was only 14, and I was enthralled with the power of the storm developing all around us. The other girls yelled at me to get under cover, which was probably good advice. The immense thunderhead clouds; the wind, the distant lightning–I was totally caught up in it all. I did make it home just in time as the clouds began to dump their load of rain.
When I read this verse this morning, that memory came back instantly. The voice of the LORD is like the loudest thunder you can imagine. His power can control the storms, because He is greater than His creation.
I would love to know what melody David plucked out of his harp as he sang this amazing psalm!
I hope you will carefully read the entire psalm, and find excitement, awe, and wonder in the words of His power, majesty, and greatness.