Daily reading: Psalm 29/Zechariah 7
Hosts refers to armies or large numbers of people organized to achieve a common goal.
To ascribe glory means to give Jesus what He alone deserves.
When we read Psalm 29 there is a grandness that the writer is awed by. There is a power that is beyond human kind and there is a reverence, exalting, and beauty we see in the worship from a surrendered heart.
If we’re to give strength to Jesus that he alone deserves, what does that look like? He obviously doesn’t need our strength to make the world go round or do all the mighty things He does. We know that’s not how God works… so what is this strength?
a. Is it recognizing Him to be the only true giver of life and strength to our souls and not forgetting to thank God?
b. Is it beyond recognizing the strength the Lord has given and actually utilizing each ounce of strength that he has given us to exalt him because it’s his strength that he’s given to us?
Please answer what you think it is and let's discuss these verses today.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The Lord is over [d]many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, The voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
Have you ever experienced the powerful voice of the Lord that compels you forward into something that you would never have done? If you’re comfortable, please share your experience.
What did God tell Zechariah that he wanted done? What about not done?
Zechariah 7:9-14 9 “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, 'Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’”
Let’s pray and ask Holy Spirit what this means for us individually and the church. Are there areas we are grieving the Holy Spirit? Don’t go off of justification or thoughts in your mind; let Holy Spirit reveal.
11 “But they refused…turned… stopped their ears…. 12 They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit…”
Let’s not be like this, but be abandoned in willingness to listen and follow what He says. The contrast between obedience and blessing vs disobedience and trouble can be found at the end of each chapter. In Zechariah, the voice of the Lord was ignored and so “wrath came"; “'as He called and they would not listen, so they called and I would not listen,' says the Lord of hosts'" “I scattered them...for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
In Psalm 20:11 ”The Lord will give strength to His people.
The Lord will bless His people with peace.”
This is for the obedient who turn their ear toward the Lord and follow.