Re: Psalm for Reflection Today
An invitation to glorify God, with a commemoration of his mighty works.
1 A psalm for David, at the finishing of the tabernacle.
Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God:
bring to the Lord the offspring of rams.
+ 2 Bring to the Lord glory and honour:
bring to the Lord glory to his name: +
adore ye the Lord in his holy court.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of majesty hath thundered,
The Lord is upon many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is in power;
the voice of the Lord in magnificence.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars:
yea, the Lord shall break the cedars of Libanus.
6 And shall reduce them to pieces,
as a calf of Libanus,
and as the beloved son of unicorns.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire:
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the desert:
and the Lord shall shake the desert of Cades.
9 The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags:
and he will discover the thick woods:
and in his temple all shall speak his glory.
10 The Lord maketh the flood to dwell:
and the Lord shall sit king for ever.
The Lord will give strength to his people:
the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Bishop Challoner's Commentary on Verse #6: "Shall reduce them to pieces"... In Hebrew, shall make them to skip like a calf. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder (which he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip, etc. All this is to be understood mystically of the powerful voice of God's word in his church; which has broken the pride of the great ones of this world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their necks to the sweet yoke of Christ.
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