Ascribe- Verb (used with object), ascribed, ascribing.
1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute:
The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic:
They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.
Psalm 29 starts off saying:
“Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”
Later, it speaks of the voice of God being like thunder over mighty waters, as powerful, majestic, able to break cedars, but also able to make cities skip in joy like calves. David also compares God’s voice to flashes of lightning, able to twist oak trees, that can strip entire forests bare.
Then my favorite part:
verse 11 “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
Ascribe. Have you ever thought about the power of God’s voice? That’s what David is getting at in this chapter. That God’s voice, just His regular voice has the power to strip forests bare, to make trees twist on the spot, and to thunder and quake.
God possesses immense power in just His voice that we can only partially imagine, and yet, with His voice He created the universe. He spoke every star into place. He told the earth to bear fruit and it did.
And yet, this same God who has the power to break trees in half with its magnitude is gentle with us.
God, in His infinite glory and wisdom knows that we can’t handle the full power of His voice, and yet we know it’s there. God, in His great love for you and for me decides to restrain this raw power and turn it into something to give us strength and peace.
Ascribe to Him glory and strength. Because He is glory. He is strength. And He chooses to give to us freely out of His love.
Be blessed and comforted by this, friends. God is so good to us, in all of His might and majesty, He loves us.
Blessings and joy!
P.S.: What words do you ascribe to God?