Give Glory to God


Wow,

I felt a longing in my soul to go away from John 15 which I have been reading and writing about over the past few weeks. I asked God what should I read. Should I spin the wheel on my app to see where it lands. This has been very pointed for a friend who is seeking the Lord within the past weeks. God directed me to Psalms 115 which is where “Give Glory to God” jumped off the page.

It is ironic that it says that after getting on Facebook this morning for the first time in several days. I saw a post from one of my former students. He was a very accomplished student. He posted about a former educator. He stated it reminded him of his former high school principal. I felt honored and proud that the student attributed any positive influence in his life from me, but God said give glory to Me in your response, so I did. Now, I read this text which I had no idea I would read this morning, but God did. This just shows why He deserves glory. He knows all things, arranges all things, connects all things for His glory. I admit there are times when I am baffled by what God does or allows, but I am reminded of Peter’s response when he had been fishing all night and had not caught anything after Jesus told him to cast his net again in a specific location. Listen to Peter’s response found in Luke 5.

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

Peter demonstrated the notion of how to Give Glory to God! There are several ways in which we give glory to God.

1. We give glory to God by not giving it to ourselves. Peter could have trusted in his thoughts and experiences. He referenced them in his response to Jesus, but he did not trust and follow his thoughts and experiences. He did not trust in himself. Ps. 115:1

2. We give glory to God by not giving it to idols. Again, the idol could have been himself, but Peter did not trust himself or the experiences of the other boat. Ps. 115:2-8.

3. We give glory to God by trusting in Him, His promises and His blessings. Ps. 115:9-15

All points presented are reflective of what Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary about Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.

Why do the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
    He will bless his people Israel,
    he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord
    small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
    both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
    but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
    those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
    both now and forevermore.

Praise the Lord.

The text (v. 9-11) tells us that God alone is our help and shield. It is God who helps us. It is God who shields us from the wicked one and the ramifications of sin in this world. Regardless of what happens around us or to us, Give Glory to God!

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