As you open the posting, first take some time and meditate on the verses that follow. Read them over slowly several times until something catches your attention. Then ponder on what got your attention before you read what I saw in the passage. Then come back to what you saw in the passage throughout your day.
1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with bolts of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.
11 The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.
Here is a powerful contrast between the power of God’s voice and the gentleness of it as it is described in verse 11. God’s voice is heard in the thunder and lightening. God’s powerful voice does six things in this psalm:
1. It splits the cedars of Lebanon.
2. It moves mountains.
3. It makes the barren wilderness quake.
4. It twists the mighty oaks.
5. It strips the forests bare.
6. It rules over the flood waters.
We’ve seen all these things take place, and the psalmist uses them as examples of God’s powerful activity.
The contrast is that God gives me strength and he also blesses me with peace. No wonder the people shout “Glory!”