Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

Psalm 29: 2

 

According to Merriam-Webster the verb ascribe has a simple definition; “to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author: to say or think that (something) is caused by, comes from, or is associated with a particular person or thing.”

Ascription indicates the source or the cause; so, when David tells us to ascribe glory to the Lord, he is saying that the Lord, Himself, is the one who wrote the book on glory. This form of brilliance is both greater than all light, including the illumination that comes from the sun, and also gives off a form of illumination that penetrates to the depths of the heart and the soul to reveal all that is to be found there. This is the glory that is of the Lord and that also emanates from Him. We cannot draw near to God and not be caught up in the power and the beauty of His light of glory.

 

So, if we seek to be close to God, we will encounter glory. As we seek to know Him, we experience this same great light, and the glow that comes from God’s presence is one that is infused with His holiness and that also pours out that same great cleansing truth over and into all who will accept God as our Lord. This is a wonderful gift and a marvelous reward for turning away from the influences of this world and surrendering to the love, grace, and mercy of the Father as expressed by and through Jesus Christ, the Son. In simple fact, we do not actually cause glory to be associated with God, for God is self-referential in this matter. We acknowledge what is there as we speak out our comprehension of the character and nature of our Lord and Creator. His glory is something that predates all of Creation. It is a part of the fabric of the universe as God imparted His great light of truth into all that His hands formed and granted life to. God’s glory is present in Heaven and in all that exists outside of it.

 

Although we encounter this glory in and around us in many places and as a part of much of our world, there is still only one source for it. In addition, all that is truly glorious in our world and in life comes from that same source. Now God is not stingy with giving out His glory to us; instead, He distributes it freely and widely. However, if we desire to know the source of this life-giving light, we must seek after and draw near to the Lord. As we call out God’s name and associate it with words of adoration, praise, and petition, we are engaging in worship. We also do this when we bring the pain and the struggles of our days to our Lord with trust in His goodness and mercy and expectant hope for His comfort and provision. The Lord is honored by the way that we live out our lives when we do so in response to Christ’s great sacrificial love for us, and He counts it as worship when we pour out justice, mercy, comfort, and protection upon people who are broken and downtrodden. Each and every aspect of worship comes about in response to who God is and as a reflection of the glory that radiates from His presence. As we worship we speak back to God the truth of His great love, and we open our hearts and our minds to encountering ever more of God’s awesome presence.

 

 

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Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

Psalm 29: 2

 

Sometimes I am forgetful, and at other times I seem to have my eyes closed tightly, for there are too many days that go by where I don’t appreciate the Lord for even a small portion of who He is and for what He does. Days like these may be the ones where I am way too self-focused, or they might be times when I am caught up in the importance of my own influence and impact on the universe. When this is true, I am suffering from a lack of accurate perspective, and the quality of my life is diminished because of this.

 

Everywhere that there is true beauty, and all of the splendors of this world are the handiwork of the Lord. He is the master painter, the skilled architect, and the perfect designer of the environment that sustains life, delights my senses, and that feeds my soul. It is up to me to open my eyes and to allow my heart to soak in all that God has placed before me during each day. His love is expressed in the colors of flowers, in the fragrance of the wind, in the vitality of a hummingbird, in the warmth of a smile, and in the comfort of a friend.

 

O Lord, let me be aware of You, of Your presence, and of Your loving grace. I pray that I will be like the multitudes that surround Your throne in Heaven with my heart lifted up in continual appreciation and praise of You, my God and Creator. Let my eyes never stop seeing You as I travel through my day. Guide my thoughts and direct my actions so that my life will be a living expression of Your glory and righteousness.

 

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in holy array.

Psalm 29: 2

 

Yesterday was Sunday; thus, it was time to worship God. This is the day where we set aside a few hours for this purpose, and that is a good thing to do. Maybe your dedicated time for worship is on Saturday; perhaps, it is on Wednesdays, or you give some time throughout the week to spend with God. All of that is good and worthy; yet, none of it truly responds to the sort of worship that the Lord wants us to give to Him, and it doesn’t correspond with the desires of our own redeemed and transformed hearts, either.

 

When I consider the sort of credit and the praise that is due to God based upon what He has done for me and the work that He continually performs in me, in other people, and in the world, I am faced with a task that is impossible to perform in a limited amount of time or in any one specific location. God’s glory is the light that brings life saving clarity to challenging situations, and it provides the heat that melts away the heart-numbing chill of sin. The glory of God reaches into every corner of this world and seeks to provide a loving and a nurturing environment for each individual soul on this planet. In order to truly recognize the Lord and to give Him the credit that He is due, I need to make worship the primary activity of my entire life; thus, the way that I live, the manner that I deal with other people, and the respect that I exhibit for creation are continual acts of worship for God, the Creator of it all.

 

Additionally, the Lord does want me to dress in my “Sunday Finest” when I engage in worship; however, I really don’t think that He cares much about what it is that I am wearing. The Lord wants me to respect Him and to honor Him by seeking to grow deeper in my knowledge of His ways, in my understanding of His will, and in the continual practice of righteous love. These are the garments of a truly holy array; for, God wants the world to see Christ when I interact with it. When that happens, true worship is the result.

 

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

Psalm 29: 2

 

Sometimes I am forgetful, and at other times I seem to have my eyes closed tightly, for there are too many days that go by where I don’t appreciate the Lord for even a small portion of who He is and for what He does. Days like these may be the ones where I am way too self-focused, or they might be times when I am caught up in the importance of my own influence and impact on my universe. When this is true, I am suffering from a lack of accurate perspective, and the quality of my life is diminished because of this.

 

Everywhere that there is true beauty, and all of the splendors of this world are the handiwork of the Lord; He is the master painter, the skilled architect, and the perfect designer of the environment that sustains life, delights my senses, and that feeds my soul. It is up to me to open my eyes and to allow my heart to soak in all that God has placed before me during each day. His love is expressed in the colors of flowers, in the fragrance of the wind, in the vitality of a hummingbird, in the warmth of a smile, and in the comfort of a friend.

 

O Lord, let me be aware of You, of Your presence, and of Your loving grace. I pray that I will be like the multitudes that surround Your throne in Heaven with my heart lifted up in continual appreciation and praise of You, my God and Creator. Let my eyes never stop seeing You as I travel through my day. Guide my thoughts and direct my actions so that my life will be a living expression of Your glory and righteousness.