Giving God Credit

Giving God Credit

Key Texts: Psalm 29

A psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,

    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

    worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.

 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

    the God of glory thunders,

    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

 The voice of the Lord is powerful;

    the voice of the Lord is majestic.

 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;

    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,

    Sirion[b] like a young wild ox.

 The voice of the Lord strikes

    with flashes of lightning.

 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;

    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c]

    and strips the forests bare.

And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

0 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.

 

If anyone in the Bible had “bragging rights” I think you could make a pretty good argument that it was David.

From the beginning, this shepherd boy who would be king proved to be an extraordinary man.

He was extraordinary

  • in courage
  • in faith
  • in devotion to God
  • in strength
  • in so many ways, he was truly a “man after God’s own heart.”

Despite some terrible lapses in judgment and giving in to great temptation he was still remarkable as a leader and as a man.

Still, rather than boast and strut like a peacock – he could write Psalms like the one we have in today’s text.

He insists it is to God that all glory and honor should be ascribed – and gives a multitude of examples why.

That’s good counsel in this day and age when I think many are tempted to put God in a box, to ascribe to Him his “due” – but claim much credit for themselves.

Oh, humanity has accomplished some pretty remarkable things to be sure – but did we do it alone?

Can, and should we claim our greatest accomplishments as something we have somehow managed to pull off through our own ever evolving moral clarity and wisdom?

No, I think David has it right.

“Ascribe to the Lord,” the truly awesome and wonderful things of the universe.

Give God credit – and thanks – every single day.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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