05 Why We Worship

Another reason that we worship God is found in Psalm 29:1-2. David begins the Psalm by exhorting us to ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. He tells us to ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name. There are hundreds of names of God, but the one used here is LORD. The Hebrew word is Jehovah (YHWH, Yahweh), and it is used 5321 times in Scripture. It means the self-existent and eternal God. The word is used in conjunction with many other names. Here are just a few examples. He is the Lord God our Righteousness (Jehovah Tsidkenu). He is the Lord God our Peace (Jehovah Shalom). He is the Lord God our Healer (Jehovah Rophe). He is the Lord God our Banner of Victory (Jehovah Nissi). He is the Lord God our Provider (Jehovah Jireh). The name of the LORD was to be revered and honored.

Although the word “due” is not in the Hebrew text, the King James, New American Standard, and English Standard Version all put “due his name.” When I think of the word due, I think of something that is owed to someone. At the end of the month we get an electric bill, and it has a due date. We have used the electricity and there is a charge for using that electricity. We get a bill from the electric company and that payment is due to them. We have so many benefits from God, and in Psalm 103:2 we are told not to forget any of those benefits. When we worship, we are just ascribing to the Lord the glory due to His name.

(Ps 29:1-2)  “Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. {2} Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.”

(Ps 103:2)  “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,”

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