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"Ascribe to the Lord," the psalmist writes. With all due respect to our psalmist, I am mostly leery of ascribing things to the Lord. You and I hear our fair share of ascribing things to the Lord: phrases like "God told me to do it," when "God" sure sounds remarkably like the speaker herself. Or "God blessed us with this house/car/etc.," when hard work and sound financial decisions may also have something to do with it. Not to mention, God may not particularly care to take credit for my new mortgage or Subaru.

But glory and strength? The glory of God's name? Holy splendor? Strength and peace for God's people? The renewing water and word of baptism? For those things, God eagerly takes credit. Ascribe those things to the Lord, the psalmist sings. Give God glory for the heavens and the earth, for a voice that speaks thunderous mercy. For the divine song that brings strength and peace to God's people.

God, speak into our world today. Sing your mighty song of peace once again. Make your glory known through the splendor of all you have made. Amen.

Christine Hallenbeck Ask, '15
Associate Pastor, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Psalm 29 (NRSV)

1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaksand strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.