Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. (1 Chronicles 16:28)
The next verse after our Verse of the Day says “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Some versions use the word “give” instead of “Ascribe,” but how can we give God more power and more strength? We can’t. He’s God. But what we can do is get to know God and what He is like more and more every day. Then in our worship we ascribe the attributes of God to Him. It may look and sound like this. Lord you are glorious, there is none like you. God you have shown mercy to me a sinner. You are merciful. You are all-powerful. There is nothing you can’t do. Holy is the Lord. You are worthy God. We ascribe to God glory because He is glorious. We ascribe to God strength because He is strong. We ascribe to God mercy and holiness because He is merciful and holy. Because God is these things, we ascribe them to Him.
We do this in daily life among family and friends. I’ve watched time after time my daughter create things out paper, cardboard boxes and tubes and anything else we’ll let her have. The other day she was at church walking around in a cape, mask, gauntlets and a breastplate she made of scrap paper. Another day she was making a purse out of paper. The artwork she brings home from summer school is fun and colorful. I’ve recognized that she is very creative and have told her so. I have ascribed this characteristic to her. She also made a Perry the Platypus out of a cardboard box. I just had to throw one more in.
Our Verse of the Day says “Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.” Notice to whom these verses are addressed. “Ascribe to the Lord, all you families….” I want to encourage families to talk about God often. When you visit the Grand Canyon or the Black Hills this summer talk about how creative God is. On your camping trip, look up at the stars in the sky and talk about how awesome God is. As you gather around the dining room table, talk about how good God is. As you worship individually and together at home or at church (or anywhere for that matter), ascribe the many attributes of God to Him. If you are unsure what they are, go to His book, it tells all about Him. People talk about so many other things. We need to talk more about our God, because He is worthy.