It’s in the 3 o’clock hour as I write this, after waking from fearful dreams; I ended up coming to these verses again, which seemed to go with a single word I’d been pondering: Ascribe.
This verse is speaking of the Israelites while they were in the wilderness, but is just as true today. I love how the sentence is ended with a dash – a pause to reflect, and then the writer continues with the amazing power God displayed to release Israel from Egypt.
“How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power – “
Wherever we are in the natural or spiritually, we are to remember His miracles, and His mighty deeds – why? It’s not because He’s as man that He’d have Ego issues, He doesn’t ask us to remember so He can puff Himself up. No, we must recall, remember, and ascribe to Him Glory and Strength so that He is mightier to us than our problems, fears, and issues in this life. He must be seated in the highest part of our own hearts and minds! If God is not bigger than any situation we face, we will fall.
Ps. 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”
verb (used with object), -cribed, -crib•ing.
1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic: They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.
Let’s really stop and consider:
- What do we credit God with?
- What do we assign to Him as being a source of?
- What do we attribute to Him or think of as belonging to Him?
- What do we think His characteristics are?
- Do our answers line up with scripture?
How we see Him directly affects how we relate to Him, and what type of relationship we will have with Him is the result!
Ascribe: 1 Chron 16:28-29, Job 36:3, Ps. 29:1-2, Ps.96:7-8