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Psalm 29

Ascribe Glory to God in Your Baptism

This week, our psalm directs itself toward the glory of God. As the principal attribute of this prayer, the pastor will see how the glory of God exists through relationships.

The word “glory” has become what I consider a Grade-A Church Word. Meaning, that many of us only hear “glory” inside a sanctuary. “Glory” is most often a shout. “Glory! Glory!” is often heard from back pews, proclaimed by older folk after offertories. As pastors, we place it on top of our corporate prayers like shredded lettuce on sandwiches to let our congregation know we are almost done. It’s as common as any church word, but what is at risk when words become common?  What does “glory!” mean when it is shouted in our church? Is it the distant reverence we proclaim to an all-powerful but laissez-faire God far from our situation? Is it a word we say when we reach a certain emotional clarity?  I don’t think that is the intent behind those in the church today. In fact, I think they are correct in their shouts. “Glory” proclamations need to find their way into our service. However, when we forego the deep meaning of glory, we are limiting our worship.

“Glory” as Heaviness  

“Glory” is all over the Old Testament. There are several words that we have for glory, so the pastor should note the word this prayer uses. The psalmist uses a word for “glory” that appears no less than two hundred times in the Old Testament and fifty-one times in the book of Psalms, “kabod כָּבוֹד.”[1] This word appears the first time in our Bible in the book of Genesis, recounting a  story of Jacob being noticed by the sons of Laban for accumulating too much wealth from their father. “Kabod” was not used to describe an abstract attribute of the patriarch,