This particular psalm begins with an interesting word: “ascribe”. That word is defined as “to assign a characteristic or quality”. In other words, if you “ascribe” something to someone else, you are stating that he or she is worthy of that quality or characteristic. In Psalm 29, therefore, David is saying that glory and strength are due to God. He is a mighty God, and one worthy of all glory. As the hymn goes, He is “worthy of worship”.
The next few verses speak of “the voice of the Lord”. His voice is described as “powerful” and “majestic”. What’s more, God’s voice accomplishes certain things. It “breaks the cedars of Lebanon”. It “hews out flames of fire”. It “shakes the wilderness”. It “strips the forests bare”. It even “makes the deer give birth (or calve)”. David doesn’t mention God’s strong right arm doing these things. God’s voice makes these things happen.
What else would God’s voice do other than speak? Are we not talking about spoken word here? God’s words are unlike any we have ever seen, certainly far more powerful than ours. God can make things happen by His mere word. We see this in Genesis 1. He spoke creation into being. God simply said that there should be light, and then it appeared. God’s words and what He does are one in the same. God’s words, His actions, and even His character are all rolled up into one.
What does this mean for us? Well, God has spoken into our lives as well. He has primarily done this through His Word, the Bible. And that word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). To neglect His Word is to neglect the essence of God, to neglect God Himself.
Taste and see how good God’s Word is. Devour it. By doing so, you will see how good God Himself is. By doing so, God will accomplish things within you. You will find your attitude, your priorities, and your very life transformed. And you will learn to truly worship. The more time we spend with God, the more we come to appreciate Him and to “ascribe glory” to His name!