Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

To “ascribe” is to assign a specific attribute to a person place or thing. For instance to Ascribe Glory and Strength to the Lord is to say that He has or is full of Glory and Strength. – this is a call to WORSHIP!!!

Who are the mighty ones? – the word here actually is referring to the angels it is literally “sons of the gods”. The same term is applied to angels and to demons in other passages. Whatever the particular usage here he is commanding worship arise from the Heavenly realms, but not ONLY the Heavenly realms look to the next verse.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his [a] holiness.

The last line could mean two different things either it means what we read there. Worship Him because He is holy OR worship him in holy array. In other words he could be speaking to the levitcal priests to worship the Lord dressed in the ephod and the holy robes of linen worn by the priests as they worshipped before the Lord. Either way I do not believe this command is restricted to the heavenly realms but includes the earthly. My belief is that he is there in the Tabernacle of David and he is exhorting those present to worship both angel and human. Then he chronicles the Lord’s response to the worship that arrises.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

This pictures the voice of the Lord as He spoke over the waters of precreation earth. In Genesis 1 the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the waters in anticipation of one thing – the VOICE of the Lord. When he spoke the Holy Spirit moved with creative power. As we worship the voice of the Lord moves out in creative POWER! To unleash potential and to call that which will be out of that which is not!

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

As we worship the voice of the Lord is released! His voice is powerful and 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 [b] like a young wild ox.

The cedars of Lebanon were the pride of their nation and symbolized what would last forever. God’s voice lays them low, God’s voice breaks them to pieces. His voice is released as we worship

7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.

OH let His voice strike me!!! The lightening and thunders before His throne released to break out on the EARTH the sound of HEAVEN!!!!!!

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

The Deserts of Kadesh are where the children of Israel stayed immediately before they entered the Promised Land. Many chose to stay there. The voice of the Lord breaks out to release men from their comfort zones and take us from waiting to promise!

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks [c]
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

The mightiest of trees is the oak – God’s voice strips it bare. His voice humbles even the mightiest thing in creation

10 The LORD sits [d] enthroned over the flood;

Judgment is released as we worship. In Revelation it is the prayers and the worship of the saints that release the judgment of God over the earth
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

Worship establishes Him as king. He was king already but He COMES and releases His kingdom rule and authority out of the worship of His people!

11 The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace

Worship brings strength and peace to His people as we rely upon Him.

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