Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
All over the world people are talking about their own accomplishments. Everyone wants to be recognized for what he did. People want the credit and glory for things done.
Receiving the glory for something accomplished is the crowning achievement for many people. Many will quit or get angry when they do not receive the honor for something done. It is even common to see lawsuits drawn up against others because of lack of proper recognition.
This type of attitude is selfishness. It is all about self and no one else. This is even when the action being done is to help other people. People want all the glory for the work being done.
The psalmist tells God that it is not to them but to Him that all the glory is to be given. The reason for God to receive all the glory is because of His great love and faithfulness.
Some believers can easily get caught up in thinking the same way as the world does. They want to receive all the glory and credit for what they have done or accomplished.
The believer who has the correct focus will realize that it is not about him, but about God. It is God who gave him the ability to accomplish something. It is often God who made things possible.
God loves every person with a perfect love and He remains perfectly faithful all the time. With this great love and faithfulness, He will accomplish many great things in and through the individual believer.
Giving God the praise and glory for what is done should be the first focus of every believer. God created everything, including the abilities of the believer, so God should receive all the glory.
Think about the things that God has done in your own life. What things has God accomplished in and through you?
Notice then that it is not about you, but what He has done in and through you. Be careful not to take the glory and praise for what has been accomplished. Point everyone and all the praise and glory to God, the one who did it all.
Selfishness is pride that goes against God. It takes away His glory. Give it all to God, who deserves it all. Show the world who really did the work and allow God to have the glory.
I pray today that you will see what God has done in and through you; that you will know that it is by God’s love and faithfulness that you can do anything; that you will give God the credit for all accomplishments; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to the world.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
No matter where a person goes there can be some enemies. With all of the various mass shootings lately, there are many people going around in extreme fear, not knowing if they will be the next to be killed. Students are afraid to go to school, because some other student may choose to do some killing that day.
Then there are also the enemies who don’t necessarily do physical harm, those who do verbal damage. The majority of danger people face is with words that are lies or hurtful.
The world is trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the situation. People are always walking around in fear of the unknown enemy.
David was running in fear, when his son Absalom was trying to physically kill him and take the throne as king of Israel. David felt as if everyone was against him and there were enemies everywhere. Suddenly David realized, however, that God was his shield and who lifted him up. It was God who made him king, so it would be God who could protect him.
Every believer has enemies, just as David did. Some will physically be trying to attack and kill, while the majority will just verbally attack the person. The effect is the same.
Looking around it appears as if the enemy, the world, is winning the battle. They appear to be the stronger enemy. Yet, God is still in control.
God is the shield for every believer. No one can do anything without His permission. Remember with Job, Satan had to get permission to attack him. God shielded Job and will shield the believer today.
This does not mean that attacks and injuries will not happen, but it does mean that the believer will not be destroyed.
You may be going through some attacks right now, physically or verbally. Look to God for your strength and protection. He is your shield, just as He was with David.
God will lift you up and make you shine in this dark world. Do not let the enemies attacks cause you to fear, because God will lift up your head and allow you to walk as His child, an heir to the kingdom of heaven. God will deliver you from the enemy–Satan–in the end.
Trust God to be your shield today.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s protection; that God will remove fear of the enemy in your heart and mind; and that God will lift your head in the sight of your enemies.