“Give to the Lord, O mighty ones,
give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord all the glory due His name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness.”
I start with a paraphrase of a psalm turned into praise lyrics. This was something we used to sing in church, and it has a gorgeous melody. I think it was written by Clay Hecocks.
It was one of my favorite things to sing at church. I hope I can explain it well enough. (Don’t believe what I write. Check it out for yourself. Read the references and above them and below them.)
Let’s start with the text from the psalm.
Psalm 29:1–2 (MEV): Give to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory of His name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
This has many levels of meaning, and it is centered around the Hebrew phrase beneha elim translated to heavenly beings. In some translations, the term sons of God is used. That is also correct given the Hebrew phrase.
That phrase hints back to Job, where a similar Hebrew phrase is used beneha elohim.
Recent scholarship thinks the term elohim describes a class of beings that includes the Most High God. This is similar to the English word gods that denotes a class of beings, with the capitalized singular form God meaning the Most High. (Of note, the Hebrew elohim is always a plural, even when used as a proper noun Elohim as a name for the Most High.)
These elohim are part of the family of God present in His mountain (garden of Eden.) They are His divine council written of in psalm 82. That psalm points to something wrong happening in this council. Something that rocked the foundations of the earth. God will eventually judge these in the council and condemn them to die “like men.”
Can you imagine what that would be?
I think the Bible points to the insurrection that occurred in the garden, and God’s necessary enslavement of the creation to futility. In todays language, the term is entropy.
The purpose of His council is outlined in the first two verses of David’s psalm. Give to the lord the Glory due His name.
They failed at that task. God could create more beings for His council. But did it in what may seem is a peculiar way. Peculiar, because there’s nothing else like it.
Galatians 3:26 (MEV): You are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Paul begins an important point in one sentence that he will elaborate upon. He sums it up this way…
Galatians 4:4–7 (MEV): God sent forth His Son, born from a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
I hope that your mind is making connections here. Not much is ever said about this, though it is an important concept to grasp.
There was an insurrection. Some of those members of the divine council fell miserably. Jude says they left their first estate. (Think of the impetus for the flood in Genesis 6. I am purposefully being vague to leave you some crumbs for your own pursuit.)
Back to what Paul is saying of… The adaption. We Christian saints of this age have a unique purpose. We are called sons of God.
Could it be we replace the failed members of the divine council?
I think so. There are far too many references. The Bible says we will judge angels. Look at that psalm 82… Who is it that judges angels?
I’m not saying we will be God. But somehow, someway, we have such an intimate relationship within the Godhead. Jesus said it.
John 17:20–23 (MEV): “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You. May they also be one in Us, that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory which You gave Me, that they may be one even as We are one: I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfect in unity, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Jesus speaks of an intimate unity just as He has with the Father, “May they also be one in Us.” Furthermore, it says Jesus gives us the glory that the Father gave Him. The significance of that statement ought to rock your socks off!
Isaiah 42:8 (MEV): I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
This isn’t a contradiction. Paul is correct saying we are adapted sons. We are joint-heirs. What Jesus gets, we get.
I can’t even begin to fathom such things. But that’s what is there… Plainly. It short-circuits my brain, because I have no real concept of all that it entails.
This isn’t pantheism. It isn’t panentheism. (Search engines are friends.) This isn’t me saying we are going to be God. But we are destined for something intimately special with God because of Jesus.
Give to the Lord, o mighty ones. That’s going to be us believers. Give to the Lord, glory and strength. From Whom did we get glory and strength?
Give to the Lord all the glory due His name. Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness.