“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:2).
Being angry is easy. Being frustrated is easy. Anger and frustration require no action on our part. Anger and frustration happen to us. They are emotions we feel. We are passive in anger and frustration. We do not cause it. We merely feel it.
Anyone can be angry and frustrated.
The word “ascribe” in our text is written in the imperative. God commands us to ascribe.
What does ascribe mean? It means to give.
What does God command us to give? God commands us to give glory to God and to worship him.
Isn’t that interesting? Why does God command us to give or ascribe to him glory?
Perhaps it’s because everyone can be angry and frustrated with things, but only those who know that God is sovereign, that God is good, that God is in control can turn from their anger and frustration. Only those who know God are able to refocus and recalibrate their vision on God and the splendor of his holiness in order to give glory to God and worship him.
Friends, everyone is frustrated and angry. What our world needs from Christ-followers is not more frustration and anger. The world needs Christ-followers who know that God is good, to live in that reality. Because God is good and because God is sovereign, that there is much to be grateful for.
You cannot change the world by being like the world. You can only change the world by being different than the world.
When it comes to God’s glory and the splendor of his holiness, we don’t have to make up stuff to be grateful for. God is more than enough. As long as we have God, we have reason to give thanks. All we have to do is to turn our focus from the world to God; all we have to do is to recalibrate our thinking from our own thoughts to God’s glory.
This doesn’t happen by accident. This takes intentionality and will.
As you start this day, join with me in turning our focus to God and his glory. Join with me in recalibrating our minds to the splendor of his holiness.
Take a moment to sit with this verse and truth. Then, think of at least three things you are grateful for. Write them down. Start your day with gratitude and worship, and keep them with you as an anchor throughout the day.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.