MUSING– May 21 2018
O, LORD MY LORD, MIGHTY IS YOUR NAME
“1 Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 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. 10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace..”
I have trouble counting the number of times LORD is used in this Psalm. I know for sure that it is more than a dozen. I can think of no other Psalm like it. It is beautiful, terrifying, and full of hope.
When the psalmist it’s using the term LORD is is literally using the name of God as given to Moses in Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” It is a name so holy that few would dare to speak it or even write it because of fear of breaking the third of the ten commandments, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”
Yet here the writer boldly uses the name repeatedly. He is so sure that his message is a true and accurate record of his call to give glory to His name.
The voice of God is to be heated, praised, and heels in awe but mere mortals. It is the instrument of creation** and of destruction.***
We are to praise the LORD for who He is and for what he has done. And He, in turn, will bless us. That is the covenant expressed her.
I heard this sometime ago and I don’t know to whom the credit goes but it is a powerful thought: What if the only things you had tomorrow were the things you gave thanks for today?
** Genesis chapter 1 “God said”
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