unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
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Psalm 29:2 is a Bible verse from a Psalm of David where he reminds us in a song of praise that we must give all of our glory where it belongs—to the Name of God.
It sounds like a simple instruction and maybe even a simple task. After all we sing songs of praise and worship in church on Sunday, and we say a prayer of thanks over the food we eat. Check that one off the list…
But wait, let’s really dig into the heart here. Take courage and let’s go there together.
To get a better understanding of Psalm 29:2, we need to focus on two words, give and glory.
“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;”
Let’s get a clear picture of what “give” really means. In Webster’s Dictionary you’ll see this definition: yield to another; to put into the possession of another for his or her use.
When we give something to someone, it is no longer ours. We give up possession of it. It is now theirs to use. We have yielded it to another.
If we have yielded our life to Jesus Christ, that is exactly what we have done. Jesus yielded His life in submission to God for our sake, and out of love and devotion we gave our life back to Him.
Our life is no longer for our own use, but for His.
Maybe you are like me, and didn’t have a full understanding of that when you got saved. If you have journeyed with Christ for some time, you can probably look back and see that all through your spiritual walk He has led you in a gradual process of doing just that. Giving to Him.
Not just material things. Giving financially is important, but He also leads us—prompts us—to give up the things of our flesh—pride, anger, animosity, jealousy, etc.
When we do, He replaces it with more of Himself--His peace, His righteousness and His very heart. These are the riches of His Kingdom. The Pearl story is a wonderful example. When we give up the things of the flesh, we are then able to give Him what we were keeping for ourselves: glory.
“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;”
In Webster’s dictionary you’ll find these 3 meanings for the word “glory”: 1) praise, honor; 2) great beauty and splendor; 3) height of prosperity or achievement.
No matter how poor or how humble our beginnings, we each have something of glory. It might be a talent or gift, a physical attribute of beauty or some kind of achievement. We are made in His image, and there is glory within every one of us.
Maybe you have already given your talent or special gift to Him. Maybe you have already given thanks for your prosperity and success, whether it was big or small.
That’s great! But it doesn’t stop there. Don’t be alarmed when you’ve given God all you’ve got and He asks for more.
Personal example. God graciously opened a door for my husband and me to begin this Daily Bible Verse website and ministry to spread the love of God. Through my parents He provided the idea and even the initial resources we needed to get started.
To God be the glory?! Yes! We have invested time, effort and the spiritual gifts He has given us to broadcast His message to many others. We have enjoyed the fruit of receiving feedback from many of you along with the opportunity to minister personally to some.
As we see the number of “like’s” on our Facebook page grow, our enthusiasm grows. But I for one, became too engrossed in watching the “numbers”. It became a challenge to my pride to see how high the numbers would go.
I was keeping the glory for myself and relishing in the numbers. The honor of the “number reached” would go into my back pocket so-to-speak, and there it would die. I was hoarding it in my heart, like an addiction. I became aware of it, but it was still difficult to stop.
This is another instance of where Galatians 5:1 (KJV) is imperative. “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith I have set you free and be not entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
The addiction of pride is just that—sticky and ugly. It is fleshly, and not of the Spirit. When we keep the glory for ourselves, we hinder it from reaching its rightful place—the Name of God.
But the truth sets us free. If we will stand fast and not allow the howling winds of temptation to lure us away from the solid Rock, we can resist our own flesh and the echoes of the devil’s voice.
us strength in our heart to resist. Ask Him. He delights in
righteousness. It may take some time, but we must practice exercising
our will over
For me, it has been a gradual decline from a greedy desire to a gradual increase of right desires. As I exercise my will over my flesh, turning over the glory to my Heavenly Father, the limelight slips right through my fingers and into His hands, where it belongs.
I can now enjoy the fruit of your feedback without feeling a greediness or lust in my heart. Now the Lord is free to use the ministry as He desires, because it is in His possession and not mine. He has earned it, as Psalm 29:2 says. When we allow the honor and glory to pass us up, we can then worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
How amazing is His grace…Hallelujah!!
Study the Bible verse of Psalm 29:2 and set the glory in your life upon the name of the Lord and worship Him in the beauty of holiness. Praise the Lord!
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