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.
Today we read the last psalm in the book or Psalm. The very last verse in Psalm 150:6 says, Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the Lord. Because God is the creator of the universe, and because He loves us so much, and because He is worth of our praise, we must praise Him with all we are and all we have. Praise the Lord!
When we think we can do it all alone, that is when we are closest to failure. Proverbs 18:12 say, Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. We cannot do it alone. We need the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the help of trusted friends to keep us accountable. When we humble ourselves to know we need help, this is when we find honor.
When we accomplish something great, or even not so great, we want to tell the world and be recognized for it. With social media it is even easier to do this. But recognition can be dangerous because it takes away the glory from God. In 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 Paul tells the Corinthians this: 17 But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. When we accomplish great things, we should give all glory to God and let Him praise us. Praise from God is all that matters.
Our bodies were created to honor God and to be in a relationship with Him. When we accept Christ into our lives, the Holy Spirit lives in us. We are no longer our own, we are one with Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 20 you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body. We are not expected to be perfect, but we are expected to do all we can to honor God with our bodies in all we do. Just as a temple is holy, so are we supposed to be holy as a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
We worry too much about praise from other men and women instead of doing the things that bring honor and glory to God. Jesus points out the same thing out about the Pharisees in John 5:44, “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” God is the only measurement that really matters. If we waste our time looking for praise from anyone other than God, we are accomplishing nothing.
When Jesus visited His home town of Nazareth, the people took offense that a carpenter could speak with such authority and conduct miracles. Mark 6:4, Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” Jesus understood how people can be judged throughout their entire lives for what people think they are. They forget the power God has to transform anyone into a new creation. In Jesus’ case He was already transformed as God’s Son here on earth as a human and He is a perfect example of how God makes all things new. What we believe to be true about others, based on their past, does not define them. What does define them is the cleansing blood of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to make all things new and make us worth of eternal life with Him.
When the Bible talks about fearing the Lord, it is not talking about a fear that overcomes us to hide and cower, it simply means to revere and honor Him. Proverbs 28:14 says, Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. It is when we refuse to acknowledge God for who He truly is that we fall into trouble. God deserves our respect, recognition, and honor.
We end the book of Romans with Paul sending out greetings and some final instructions. While Paul is an obvious authority to the audience of this letter, he is very deliberate in giving God all of the glory. In the final verse of the book, Paul says in Romans 16:27, to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. There was never any doubt to Paul or the readers of this letter as to who deserved the glory. Let us use this example in how we conduct our lives; to give God the glory for everything we do and everything we have.
Lately I have heard a lot about the importance of God’s story. I have been reminded several times in the past couple of weeks that my life and my story are supposed to be about glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. When I let go of my glory and realize God is capable of turn all the good, and even the bad, in my life to His glory, it frees me to focus on Him rather than me. There is a lot of pressure each of us put on ourselves, but when we realize we are not alone and our glory doesn’t matter, it frees us from the burden of living this life for ourselves and focuses it on God.