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  • Psalm Twenty Nine

    Praise God, all you mighty men,
    give Him praise for your victories and strength.
    Give to God the praise due His name,
    worship God in the beauty of his Holiness.
    God's voice is on the waters,
    His voice is in the thunderstorm,
    His voice rages across the sea.
    His voice is powerful and pure,
    His voice majestic and heard by all.
    His voice can split the strongest tree,
    even the cedars of Lebanon.
    He can make the trees skip like a newborn lamb,
    He can make them skip like a fresh new foal.
    His voice can part the fires of the earth,
    His voice will shake the wilderness,
    as He has shaken the land of Kadesh.
    His voice can cause the mothers to give birth,
    His voice can dominate the earth.
    In His temple, all who listen can hear Him,
    and all who hear Him praise and worship Him.
    The Lord is master of all nature and earth,
    His throne is eternal, He is King forevermore.
    The Lord will give strength to His people,
    The Lord will bless His people with peace.

    "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God." - Romans 13: 1, KJV

    Talk to a child, ask them what they did today. I guarantee you almost every sentence out of their mouth will begin with the word "I". "I colored, I played, I ran, I watched cartoons." A child will always tell you everything in the first person because that is the only way a he or she understands the world.

    As we grow older, we begin to realize life is not an "I" situation, but a "we". He or she begins to realize there are more important things, things that matter more than a single individual. Family, friends, community, nation. We begin at home by learning to share and consider others before ourselves. We learn to share with our friends and learn we can accomplish more together than we can by ourselves. We learn to share values as a community.

    They are simple things at first, but as we grow older we learn the value of teamwork, which leads to the values of consideration for others and an understanding of true respect for accomplishment. If we are taught well, we even learn to value others before ourselves.

    Under David's command, the kingdom of Israel became mighty on the earth, conquering their enemies and becoming a wealthy and respected nation. They took the word of God with them, proclaiming His power as their own, not taking the glory for themselves, but giving it to God. Being mortal, He and His generals sometimes made the mistake of pride (Satan's favorite sin, according to Al Pacino). When David heard of boasting and bragging among the ranks, he was quick to remind them their power was not of their own strength, but the power of God and His blessings. Without God, Israel would fall before the larger and more powerful enemies. With God, they accomplished all they did.

    "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11, KJV

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