I discovered two key words in Psalm twenty-nine and they were honour and voice.
Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention!
Dress your best to honor him! – Psalm 29:1-2 MSG
The idea I see is not only to give glory, honour and attention to the Lord with the words of my lips, but the idea of awe means that I also use my action in my life as a way to do the same.
This idea of awe that I capture is that as God is working in my life, I am in awe in how He makes me new, how He delivers me from sin and how He saves me from my enemies. It is how I receive strength from Him. I believe I see this in the prayer Jesus taught us to pray – I see it in the opening line.
My little word study suggests that the word for “glory” in the New Testament is “doxa” which means to honour someone’s reputation or to make much of their name. That is the message I read here – I hear the demand to make much of God by giving proper honour to Him with my worship. He is worthy. He is majestic. It is more than asking God for the things I need.
When I go for my hike in the woods, either early morning or late afternoon, I see God’s glory in nature, in some ways the highest form of honour that God can use as an instrument to educate my soul and which prepares me for my days in eternity.
God is the only one to honour, there is no other – it is my duty.
In fact, when I choose not to believe or trust, and if I choose to complain and murmur, am I not robbing God of His honour and in this respect, have I failed to give due glory to my King? It would seem that when I choose to honour His name then I may stand in awe and not sin.
Father, when You enter my world, I join the angels in shouting praise and worship to Your majesty. I am in awe of how Your presence changes even how I think, never mind how I feel. I am in awe when I see Your power move ahead of me when I yield the concerns of my life over to You. I stand at attention every morning awaiting Your transforming words to make me a new person and to speak into the lives of those who are not intimate with You. Thank You for allowing me to serve You and giving me everything I need to serve You well.