To God be the Glory

Scripture: Psalm 115:1, ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!’

 

Observations: Psalm 115 starts with a radical statement of selflessness. The Psalmist asks the Lord to glorify, not his people, but himself. The fact that he repeats himself makes his desire emphatic, the only person who deserves glory is the Lord, because the Lord is loving and faithful. The Psalmist then goes on to discuss four huge themes. The first is that God is unlike other gods, because they are nothing but idols and those who worship them will come to nothing (v2-8). Next, the Psalmist begs God’s people to trust in the Lord (v9-11). Then he reminds God’s people that those who trust the Lord will be blessed (v12-15). Finally, the Psalmist says that the dead don’t praise the Lord, rather that’s our job (v16-18). God is worthy of glory and praise because he is God, he is trustworthy and faithful, he lovingly blesses his people.

 

Application: It’s not that we don’t do anything that’s praiseworthy, rather we just don’t come close to God. God is by far more deserving of praise and glory then we are. And yet we make life more about ourselves then about God. We think we deserve to be blessed, that we deserve to be recognized, that we deserve things to go right. But the truth is those things are a gift from God, and therefore he deserves our trust and our praise. How much do you live each day for yourself, and how much for God? Do you say ‘to my name be glory,’ rather than ‘to Your name O Lord, be glory?’

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are worthy of all trust and glory and praise, because You are the Lord of the heavens and the earth, because You are loving and faithful, because You pour out blessing on the undeserving. And yet Lord, so often I don’t give You glory, instead I live my life as if I am the center of the universe, as if I deserve the good things You give me. Lord, forgive my preoccupation with myself, and open my eyes to Your grandeur and grace. Change my heart that in everything I do I will acknowledge You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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