Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The Lord is over 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. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, “Glory!” The Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. –Psalms 29:1-11 (NASB)
I don’t know about you, but when I read passages like this, I get enthused.
We don’t have the musical score for David’s songs, we cannot hear how they were sung, played, or recited, but one cannot read this Psalm and think: “oh, what a peaceful meditation.” This psalm is like a rock anthem!
When we consider the Lord, and what “form” of worship is pleasing to Him, what He desires from us… I don’t think we can rule out loud and aggressive as a style that befits worship of our God. If this Psalm were a 70’s hit, it would be more “The Who” than “The Carpenter’s.” –wow I just dated myself.:-)
I love tender love songs, don’t get me wrong,… but there is a time to declare the glory of God with an almost violent passion. He declared His love toward you and I aggressively, why wouldn’t we respond the same?