The first time the word appears is in the early parts of Genesis.
“Come,” the people say to one another. Let’s build this great building. Let’s do this big thing. Let’s make a name for ourselves.
They are strong, and it only leaves them wanting for more power.
------ The next time the word appears is many years down the road, also in Genesis.
“Give,” Jacob says to Laban. Give me Rachel so I may have sex with her. You are holding her back. It is time to honor your promise.
He has worked for what he desires and he can’t wait any longer to get it.
------ This word appears again in Psalm 96.
“Ascribe,” the Psalmist tells us. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.
God does not desire an ascription of glory because He is narcissist, and doesn’t want to share His attention with anyone else.
Nor does God desire the ascription of glory because He is self-conscious, and needs the affirmation that comes with praise in order to feel good about Himself.
One definition of “ascribe” in English is ‘to think of as belonging.”
God desires for us to ascribe to Him the glory due His name because that is where the glory belongs.
When we ascribe glory to ourselves, we drown in the waters of desire, as we seek to quench our insatiable thirsts for more and better and bigger.
------ This Psalm is not a demand. It’s an invitation.
It is an invitation that welcomes us each day to live differently than we did the day before.
It is an invitation to feel God’s mercies in a fresh way. To give up the shackles of striving and pushing our way into getting others to ascribe us the value we want. To live in the freedom of giving God the glory He deserves.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his[a] holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. 13 Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.
- Psalm 96
That was my reflection on Psalm 96. Link up with your thoughts below. Stop back next week for a reflection on Psalm 97.