Worship of God

Some worship the almighty dollar that they can see.  Others worship the unknown, the unseen.  No religion is purely transcendent centered, but also involves to some extent the here and now, immanence.  Our happiness comes in becoming part of others, caring for one’s neighbor with an ego-transcending embrace of others.  If we say that God is love, love is many splendid things.  The difficulty is always the ideal versus the reality of what we experience.  We are striving for perfection, not necessarily reaching it.  Thus, we worship this transcendent God in our lives.

God is king of the world (Ps 47:7-47:9)

“God is king of all the earth.

Sing praises with a psalm!

God is the king over the nations.

God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples gather

As the people of the God of Abraham.

The shields of the earth

Belong to God.

He is highly exalted!”

This short psalm comes to an end where it began, proclaiming that God is king of the world, not just Israel, as in the first verses. He is the king of everyone. He sits on his throne. The princes of the world gather together with the people of the God of Abraham. All the protections or shields of the world belong to God. This might be a reference to the shields of the various rulers with their gang sign symbols. Once again we end with the idea that God is highly exalted in this psalm of worship.

Worship Yahweh (Ps 29:1-29:2)

A Psalm of David

Ascribe to Yahweh!

O heavenly beings!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

Glory and strength!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

The glory of his name!

Worship Yahweh in holy splendor.”

Once again, Psalm 29 is merely a psalm of David without any other indications. It accents Yahweh’s power in a storm. However, these beginning verses are like a call to worship. They had to ascribe to Yahweh in a repeated refrain. This was the call to those both in heaven and on earth to recognize the glory and strength of the name of Yahweh. This Yahweh worship should be in holy splendor.