Psalm 115:1 Not About You

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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.

Psalm 99:3 Praise The Name Of The Lord

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Let them praise your great and awesome name–he is holy. Psalm 99:3 

Throughout history there have been some men and women who have done some great things. A few have changed the way things are done, helping mankind as a whole. Some have discovered ways to help those who are sick or to make things easier for people. Some have led nations into doing great things.

People who have done these things are honored in different ways. Some have their own special day on a calendar each year. Some have had statues made of them. Museums have been built to remember what they have done. People all over will praise them for the great things that they have done.

While these men and women have often done great things, most of these things done are temporary. They will not last for eternity.

In this psalm people are encouraged to praise the Lord’s name–God’s name. His name is called great and awesome.

In itself, the name, ‘God’, ‘Lord’ or ‘Jesus’ does not mean a whole lot. It is just a name. False gods have taken on these names. Some people have even taken on these names.

The name of God is more when it is looked at with the nature of God. The Lord is holy and worthy of praise. God has created everything that is. The Lord has provided for the forgiveness of sins and offers eternal life. What greater thing can one do than that?

Death is the greatest enemy of mankind. No man is able to overcome it. The only reason that there is death, is because of sin. Jesus has overcome death, so that each and every person has the chance to be saved and overcome death.

With having done this, there is no one worthy of more praise and honor than Jesus in all of history.

Take a moment to think about what Jesus has done for you. Just the fact of His removing all of your sins and giving you eternal life is enough to be worthy of praise for ever.

God has not only given you eternal life, He gives you joy and peace today. He provides for what you need. His presence is with you around the clock.

Now take time to praise the Lord for all that He has done for you. Praise Him for all the blessings He has given you.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will remember how God has helped you each day; that you will praise His name; and that you will tell others of what Jesus has done. 

Psalm 95:6 Bowing Down

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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalm 95:6 

Bowing down to something or someone is not uncommon around the world. In many places around the world, bowing down is a symbol of respect and honor given to another person. There are also many who bow down to idols to worship them.

It is common to see people bow down and nearly worship other people. Watch how the fans of singers and actors perform when in presence of someone famous. They see someone famous who they love, and idolize that person, thinking he is the best thing on the earth.

While many will bow in worship and adoration of others, there are very few that will bow down in submission. People do not want to have someone over them. They want to be their own boss, in control of their own destiny in life.

The author tells the people to bow down in worship. They are to kneel before God as He is their maker.

This is not only bowing down in worship, but also bowing down in submission. It is allowing God to be the controller of all life. It is giving Him honor for being the ultimate ruler of all things.

As many will bow in worship to God, giving Him honor, there are few who will bow down in submission, giving Him authority. People want to be in control of their own lives. On Sunday they will bow in submission, but on Monday, as they go back to work, they pick that authority back up for themselves.

A believer must realize that God should be the ultimate authority in every area of his life. God is the one who created everything and deserves that position and authority.

The believer’s life must characterize one of worship and submission to God, constantly bowing down before Him.

Take a moment to examine your life. Who or what are you bowing down to? If you are following the ways of this world, it will be things or other people. Bowing down to temporary things will only lead to death.

Bowing down to God will bring life. He knows what is best for your life. Give Him the honor that He is worthy of. Give Him full authority over your whole life.

Let us bow down in worship and submission to God today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bow down to worship Him each day; that you will bow down in submission to God’s authority; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Esther 6:11 Honor May Come Later

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So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” Esther 6:11 

It is common for someone to do something good, but no one recognizes the good being done. It is done in silence, though in public. Since this happens so often, there are some people who get angry and no longer want to do good. They get bitter because they were not honored or recognized right away.

People love to get recognized for what they did. Getting recognized gives them a personal reason for what they did. It is as though the action is now important.

At some point Mordecai had revealed a plot against the king to the king. He had saved the king, yet nothing was done about. He did not receive any recognition. Years later, the king came across the records and found out what Mordecai had done. Immediately he had Mordecai honored. Not only was Mordecai honored greatly, but it was done by his mortal enemy, who was out to kill him and many Israelites–Haman.

Doing good things often goes unrecognized. Most do not take time to honor someone for doing something good. It is as though no one cares. However, God sees what is going on at all times.

With God seeing the good being done, He is in the process of honoring that person. The honor may show up in this life, as with Mordecai, or it may show up in heaven, when God says ‘well done, good and faithful servant’.

The timing of being honored should never dictated whether a person does something good or not. Good should be done out of love for God and for all people.

There may be things that you have done in your past that were very good and no one appeared to even notice that you did them. Do not allow yourself to be bitter over the lack of recognition. God has seen all that you have done. Give Him praise for allowing you to do that good, and trust Him to do what is best.

God, in His perfect timing, will give honor when it is due, at the perfect time. In the end He will lift you up before your mortal enemies and honor you with eternal life. Be patient for the honor to come and still do more good.

I pray today that you will do the good God has for you to do; that you will trust in God’s timing; that you will do things to please God and not man or self; and that you will give God praise for all honor given to you.