NOT TO US…TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Psalms of Honesty and Truth

What or who do we think about most? Could that be what/who we worship in a way? I love being and enjoying all that God has created but I worship our God who made it, not the created. I am impressed with works of art made by men and women, but do I worship the art and the artists? My family means the world to me, think of them often, and want to please them. But do these efforts come before pleasing God, my Father? This self evaluation is good to access where our true worship lies. Who is glorified?

The Psalmist speaks of idols as having absolutely no attributes of God yet people worship them. At first, to worship a man-made idol sounds ludicrous to us, but what is it in our own lives that is monopolizing our thoughts? Here’s a dangerous thought…What is it that draws glory to us or what we have made or accomplished? Mm.

Psalm 115, New Living Translation
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name goes all the glory
for your unfailing love and faithfulness.

2 Why let the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens,
and he does as he wishes.

4 Their idols are merely things of silver and gold,
shaped by human hands.
5 They have mouths but cannot speak,
and eyes but cannot see.
6 They have ears but cannot hear,
and noses but cannot smell.
7 They have hands but cannot feel,
and feet but cannot walk,
and throats but cannot make a sound.
8 And those who make idols are just like them,
as are all who trust in them.

9 O Israel, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.
10 O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.
11 All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us.
He will bless the people of Israel
and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord,
both great and lowly.

14 May the Lord richly bless
both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
16 The heavens belong to the Lord,
but he has given the earth to all humanity.

17 The dead cannot sing praises to the Lord,
for they have gone into the silence of the grave.
18 But we can praise the Lord
both now and forever!
Praise the Lord!

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What we learn…when we dig deeper…
The greatest tragedy is not what the idols cannot do but what they can do to the people who worship them. We become like the God we worship. As we worship the true and living God, He transforms our ears to hear His truth and the cries of those in need. He gives us eyes to see His Word and His world and the path He wants us to walk. Our “spiritual senses” develop, and we become more mature in Jesus Christ (Heb. 5:10-14). But those who worship false gods lose the use of their spiritual senses and become blind to the light and deaf to God’s voice.

The people who worship dead idols are also dead, but we are alive in Jesus Christ and ought to extol the Lord! After all, if we expect to praise Him forevermore, we had better start now and be ready when we see Him!

And I’m singing…
Bless the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me
Bless His Holy Name!

NOT to us, O Lord, not to us…To You be the glory, honor and praise forever and ever!
In Jesus Name, Amen! I believe!

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About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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