Hey everyone, this is Todd Agnew. It was so good to worship with you this weekend. I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Thanks for being so kind. I thought I would share a quick thought on worship:
The psalmists used the word "ascribe" a number of times, and it is also found in Deuteronomy and 1 Chronicles. Psalm 29:1-2 says,
"Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord, glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness."
(The rest of the psalm talks about the voice of the Lord being like thunder and lightning, shaking the foundations, and so on. Might make a good song.)
But back to the word "ascribe". I always assumed it meant something like "give". Give God glory and strength. Give Him the glory due His name. That made sense to me. But it turns out that's not actually what it means. Merriam-Webster defines "ascribe" as "to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author." In other words, "to attribute to". That really changes the idea of ascribing glory to God in our worship. We are not giving God glory or strength; we are searching and finding glory and strength and recognizing that it belongs to God. We discover an example of strength and realize that its source is God's. We are not asked to give God the glory due His name. What glory do we have that we can offer Him? We are supposed to study and come to new and deeper understandings of His name, and then recognize the glory in that and attribute it to God.
Which is all a complicated way of saying, worship doesn't start on Sunday morning. Every moment of every day we are seeking the strength, the person, the glory of God in the Scripture, in the world, and in our lives. On Sundays, we merely get the joy and blessing of joining together to ascribe the glory we've seen during the week to our Savior, Redeemer, Creator, and Friend. Tomorrow, let us look throughout our day for strength. Let us look for glory. Let us find His names-- Healer, Provider, the One Who Sees, Almighty, Comforter, Love-- and recognize when He is being those things for us. Every time is an opportunity to worship, to ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.