Prayer for the day
Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name’s sake.
Scripture for the day
It’s hard to imagine just how much glory God really deserves. Especially since those around us on a regular basis seem to deserve so little so often. Think of the accolades people receive these days. Honours are given for sports achievement, academic achievement, as well as artistic endeavour etc. Most of the time, however, these awards focus only on one aspect of performance or character. There are very few awards given for godly character and achievement, for livelong integrity and performance.
In the Psalms, we’re encouraged to ascribe to YHWH the glory that is due to Him and His name. The Psalmist spends most of the book delineating what kinds of glory God is due by outlining not only great aspects of God’s character but the things God has done. He regularly lists God’s greatnesses, His powers, His achievements, and His character qualities to emphasize the point that everything about God is worthy of honour. There are no skeletons in the closet, no deep dark places in God that would disqualify God from some deserved honour.
Every single aspect of God is deserving of glory and honour.
This point is regularly missed by people both in the First and the Second Testaments, and particularly in the passage we encounter today in the Second. Paul is debating with Pharisees and Sadducees, leaders of religion and teachers of the Law.
In all of their discussions, there is a disturbing lack of glory ascribed to God as they quibble over theological and political minutiae. They exemplify perfectly what can happen when we focus so much on studying things about God that we forget to simply know God. They fail the test of glorifying because they’ve narrowed their understanding of God dangerously.
May we never forget to ascribe to the Lord ALL the glory and honour he deserves.