Text: Psalm 29 (Read it here)
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
(Psalm 29.10-11, NIV)
Author: Rob Anderson
- attribute something to (a cause).
- regard (a quality) as belonging to.
If one were to look up the definition of “ascribe,” one would find that the definition includes giving a cause for certain qualities or characteristics of someone of something.
Since this is the case, as we begin to read Psalm 29, we need to ask ourselves: what is the cause of the psalmist giving (ascribing) God glory and strength? What has he done (cause) to deserve such descriptions being said about him?
Seems like a no-brainer question, doesn’t it? Or at least, it should. Our lives are filled with things God has done for us:
- He has given us our family, friends, and loved ones
- He has blessed us with wealth—even when our bank account seems to be empty
- He has loved us enough to send his son
- He offers us salvation
If that list is not enough, however, continue to read further in Psalm 29:
- The voice of the Lord is over the waters.
- The voice of the Lord is powerful (and majestic)
- The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.
- God makes Lebanon leap like a calf.
The Lord is enthroned as King forever.
Perhaps most important attributes for us today are found in the final verse:
The Lord give strength to his people;
The Lord blesses his people with peace. (v. 11)
As you reflect on your day today, think of the ways he has given you strength and blessed you with peace and respond appropriately: “In his temple all cry, Glory!”
Make a list of things that you would ascribe (meaning: attribute to or regard as belonging to) to the Lord if you were going to give him glory, strength, and honor?
In what ways have you heard the voice of the Lord present himself in majesty and power? How have you seen his truths present themselves as more powerful than the claims of those who do not follow him?
The “flood” is often considered in Jewish thought as chaos and a fearful power. If this is true here in Psalm 29, what is the psalmist saying about the power of God when he writes he is “enthroned over the flood?” How have you seen the power of God show itself as greater than the power of Satan and the forces of evil?