(1) Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Listen to Him. Acknowledge Him. Even all you powerful rulers and wealthy people. Acknowledge His glory and power.
(2) Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
Acknowledge His power and the praise that is due just because of who He is. Bow down before Him in humble prostration knowing that His radiance falls around you.
(3) The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
God’s voice is louder than a whisper. It can be heard over all the vast oceans. His voice booms through every ravine and canyon. No place is isolated from His presence.
(4) The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of our God is not weak. It puts the strongest to shame. In His weakest moment He is still millions of times stronger than the strongest. No king or queen wears royalty like He does. No emperor can command attention the way God can.
(5) The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
Just the very voice of God can shatter the strongest trees that stand against hurricanes and earthquakes. Only pieces remain after His voice is thrust against them.
(6) He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
Whoever things much of themselves, will be humbled before Him. The arrogant old man will begin to act like a young child – the very ones he has criticized. Humility will swirl around everyone who has ever gone against Him.
(7)The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.
His powerful voice shames the lightning that flashes through our sky. It is quick. It is powerful. It is brilliant. It is blinding. It is revealing.
(8) The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
His voice shifts the sand in the largest of deserts. The dunes cannot hold Him back. The vastness is nothing to Him. He takes the awesome pieces of nature and brings them down to nothing with just a whisper.
(9) The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
A volcanic wave leaves more behind than His spoken word. The power of nature as vast as it is turns out to be a newborn baby beside Him. This awesomeness causes all to shout His name and praise Him.
(10) The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
God doesn’t crawl around dark corners or sneak around. He sits proudly above the raging waters. His reign is not for four years or a decade. It is never ending.
(11) The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Only God gives strength to His people. Money doesn’t do it. Popularity doesn’t do it. Information doesn’t do it. Nothing does except for Him. If His voice can change all of nature and defy all laws of science, can’t He place peace in the heart of those who trust Him