Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”
Seeker: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.”
Preacher: It is interesting to think and imagine that the definition of glory, strength, and holy splendor use the baseline of the Divine. It would be a trio of definition that no one in humanity could meet, much less exceed.
Seeker: I have heard of the grammatical term “superlatives” applied to some adjectives and modifiers. And I have wonder if there is a limit to how superlative a “superlative” could be. I keep thinking there has to be a limit or benchmark. I am thinking now that attributes of the Divine might be just that. You are correct, Preacher, that definitions that apply to the Divine could never be attached by human might. But, if human kind would allow itself to be infused with the Divine will and might, they/we might get awfully close!
Preacher: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.” To me Seeker, it is nice and comforting to know that no matter what the world and humanity’s ego seeks to profess the Divine will always be the ultimate Superlative. I am content to be where the Divine has placed me.
Seeker “He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.” I admit I had to look this up, Preacher, to understand the context. Sirion is another name for Mount Hermon, so the psalmist is saying the Lord makes a mountain skip! Or another way of saying it, an earthquake!
Preacher: To the psalmist that must have been a tremendous show of power, a superlative, if you will. “The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.”
Seeker: Here we go, Seeker, another perspective. “The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.”
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” “
Seeker: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.”
Preacher: And yet the Lord God the Divine looks to humanity and blesses it. Blesses it with Jesus the Messiah. Blesses it with baptism of Spirit and water. Blesses it with mercy, grace, forgiveness, redemption & salvation. “ May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29)
Seeker: Shalom & Selah!