Pride creates a sense of self-importance that takes away God’s glory. It also removes our ability to see the simple things in our lives as what has true value. In Psalm 131:1 David says, My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. If we are able to look to God for the simple things and trust in Him for what’s important, then we are able to relax and know He is ultimately in control and all glory goes to Him.
Today’s Psalm was written by the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon. And true to form, his words of wisdom speak volumes in Psalm 127:1, Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen guard in vain. Accomplishments in this life mean nothing unless they come from the Lord and are done for His glory. With few exceptions, most of our accomplishments will be forgotten within a few generations of our passing. Wouldn’t it be better to accomplish things that have meaning for eternity?
Too often we ask God to bless us and in turn give us the glory. In the best case, we may ask God to give us the glory while giving Him the glory at the same time. We may give God the glory for blessing us, but we get our own praise in the process. An example would be when we ask God for help with work so that we can be noticed and rewarded. There is nothing wrong with impressing people around us as long as we are certain God is not lost in the process. Psalm 115:1 says, Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Before we ask God for anything, let us make sure we are doing it for the right reasons. We should also make sure God is praised and all glory goes to Him.
God is loving and He wants a relationship with each of us, but let us not forget how worthy He is of our praise as our Creator and Lord. Psalm 95:6 says, Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. He is our creator and He created everything around us. Let us never forget the reverence and respect He deserves from us as a loving and perfect Father.
The sooner we realize God’s plan is perfect, the faster stop making plans for ourselves without including God. In Psalm 94:11 the author says, The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile. Our plans should be whatever God’s plan is for us. When we look to glorify the Lord, we walk away from the futility of our attempts at peace and fulfillment which can only come from God.
David was not afraid to be specific with God about how he wanted God to be delivered trials in his life. Ultimately David believed and trusted that God would always deliver him from any situation. In Psalm 60:5 David says, Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. David had no doubt in God’s ability or desire, so he trusted in God with all his heart and gave all the Glory to Him.
Our confidence should come from the knowledge that we serve a powerful and loving God. Psalm 44:8 says, In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Because of our confidence, we should give God our praise at all times. All that we do and all God does for us is for His glory.
David loved being on the side of God the Father. His purpose in life was to bring glory to God in all he did. In Psalm 26:8 David says, I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells. David wasn’t necessarily referring to the physical house of God, but additionally, he was talking about being in God’s will and doing what was pleasing to God. Let us all be as motivated and energized as David to be in line with the will of the Father.
In Psalm 24 David is not confused about who is the the One who deserves all glory. In Psalm 24:10 David says, Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty — he is the King of Glory. We cannot lose sight of who is the King and who deserves glory for all that is good.
In Psalm 21 David recognizes God will receive the glory and praise He deserves. In Psalm 21:13 David says, Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might. We may not always feel as though we are winning, but God is. The victory and glory belongs to Him. Let us all hope and pray He chooses us worth to be used by Him in His perfect plan.