A psalm of David.
1 Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings;
honor the LORD for his glory and strength.
2 Honor the LORD for the glory of his name.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;
the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermont leap like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with bolts of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
10 The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
The LORD reigns as king forever.
11 The LORD gives his people strength.
The LORD blesses them with peace.
One of the sad things about my childhood is my mother worked, so in the summer I had to stay in the house. My parents did not want me wandering around the neighborhood without any type of supervision. The silver lining in this cloud of home detention was that The Andy Griffith show was on just about every day around lunch time. In the summer, I would spend my time watching the adventures of Andy, Barney, and all there the rest. I watched so many episodes that now, as an adult, I can tell what happens in any episode after watching about 30 seconds of it anywhere in the episode.
I remember one episode where Andy “saved” Goober’s life. Goober was so appreciative that Andy had to ‘hide out’ in the jail in order to avoid him. Even though Goober was a pest and Andy wanted him to stop ‘thanking’ him, I was always taken by how thankful Goober was. It was if he just couldn’t do enough to show Andy how appreciative he was.
I’ve never saved anybody’s life. I suppose it would be a very humbling experience. I’m sure I would want to somehow ‘repay’ the act, but how would I ever be able to do something like that? Somethings are just too holy.
As I read this psalm, it reads as if David’s life has been saved and he is responding to his savior. He cries out praises and even calls on the heavenly beings to honor God. He is amazed at the power of God’s voice and recognizes that God gives strength and power. Other than praise and honor what can David do to show God how grateful he is? David didn’t stop with praise though. He also lived his life to honor God. He lived his life under the rule of the one who had rescued him.
I haven’t rescued anybody, but I have been rescued. The odd thing about being rescued is that after a while, I would think, the newness of being rescued wears off. It might take a while, but we end up going back to our lives and living much the way before we were rescued. I know that has happened to me. When I was first rescued my praise was similar to this psalm. I couldn’t thank God enough for his love and the gift of Jesus. Over time though, things get back to normal. The praise tends to stop.
I pray that God rescues me, once again, from a praise-less faith. My our hearts sign out the praise of God!
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