The Glory Due His Name
INTRODUCTION: The Book of Psalms with its 150 chapters is perhaps the most read book of the Bible. Known as the great hymnbook of Israel, Psalms is not only a book of PRAISE, but at the same time, it is a book of HUMAN EXPERIENCE. This morning, I believe God would have us consider Psalm 29.
“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. (2) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (3) The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. (4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (5) The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. (6) He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. (7) The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. (8) The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. (9) The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. (10) The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. (11) The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
Looking at the Psalms collectively, we find that perhaps Psalm 29:2 is the key verse for the entire book. "Give unto the Lord the GLORY due unto His holy name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
Psalm 8:1, "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, who hast set thy GLORY above the heavens."
Psalms 57:5, "Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, let thy GLORY be above all the earth."
Psalms 63:1-2, "O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee, …to see THY POWER and GLORY, as I have seen thee in the sanctuary."
Psalm 148:13, “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
The glory that rightly belongs to God is “above the earth and heaven.” We cannot humanly comprehend it. If we follow what God says in these verses, ascribing to God the glory due to Him, we shall never be able to exhaust that glory.
The GLORY OF GOD MUST BE IN OUR CHURCHES:
A church may be known for its friendliness, for its warm-hearted people, for its preaching and singing, but the Bible says in Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end, Amen.”
What then is the primary purpose of the Church? It is for the "Glory of God." We read, "Unto Him, be glory in the church by Christ Jesus…" The church is the place for God's GLORY.
It is not the place for glorified preachers.
It is not the place for glorified saints.
It is not the place for a glorified past.
It is not the place for glorified buildings.
It is not the place for glorified programs.
The church is meant to be a place for the GLORY OF ALMIGHTY GOD!
Have you ever walked into a church service and literally felt the presence of God?
The singing was permeated by God's presence.
The message was filled with heavenly fire.
Jesus was exalted, and
There was a positive response to the invitation.
When God has so blessed a congregation, and we leave saying, "The Lord's presence was felt, there was glory given to God in that place." that is an example of the Glory of God. Brethren, YOU AND I NEED TO SEE AND FEEL AND UNDERSTAND "the glory of God" ONCE AGAIN. God says, "Glorify Me!"
The GLORY OF GOD MUST BE IN OUR LIVES:
QUESTION: "What is the chief end of man?
ANSWER: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."
In Isaiah 43:7 read, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him. We have been created for “God’s Glory.”
The passage that brings into focus the purpose of our existence is found in I Corinthians 10:31, "Whether, then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." In I Corinthians 6:19-20 we are confronted with another probing question, "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" Now notice in verse 20 the reason for asking such a question, "For ye are bought with a price; therefore, GLORIFY GOD in your body and in your spirit which are God's."
There, we have it again. God is concerned that we glorify Him even in our body. Whatever you do with your body, make sure that your physical existence brings glory to God.
Our sole purpose as individuals is to bring Glory to our God.
Our basic reason for existence as a church is "the Glory of God.”
Two more passages need to be brought to our attention:
In Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven."
Romans 15:5-6, "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Jesus Christ, that ye may with one mind and one mouth GLORIFY GOD, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Let's pause to deepen our understanding of the word "Glory." Glory refers to light, the light of God's presence, which is a brilliant and shining light from heaven. In Exodus 40:34 we read, "Then a cloud covered the tent (the Tabernacle) of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle." This is referred to as the "Shekinah" glory of God. So awesome was the light that the Hebrews knew God was present.
But when it comes to the goals of our lives or the purpose of the church, we're not talking about either a brilliant light or the distinct representation of glory in earthly or heavenly bodies. So what does it mean for the church or for you or me as a believer to glorify God?
It means, "To magnify, exalt and elevate the Lord our God as we humble ourselves and defer to His wisdom and His authority." Someone has defined "glorifying God" as "making God look good before a godless world."
Again in Psalm 29:1-2 read, “Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Did you notice three times the word “give” is used, meaning “to ascribe honor?”
Number 1: We are to “Give God Glory for His PERSON.”
There was a day when Moses stood before Pharaoh on behalf of the persecuted Hebrews who were surrounded by the gods of Egypt. The Egyptians finally said to Pharaoh, “This thing that is happening is the finger of God. Our gods are not like their God.”
Many years later, the Hebrew people became polytheistic by their worship of many gods. God had them carried away into the Babylonian exile where they were among the many gods of the Babylonians, the Jews had burned into their hearts this fact, “The Lord, He is one God.”
Today we are living in a land called America that has become POLYTHEISTIC. There are many groups claiming their god is the way to life and the after-life. Also today, we are living in a nation that has become PANTHEISTIC, where god is all and all is god. In addition, we have “garden variety” gods as men have been taught that each is a god.
God’s people need to live so that their lives give glory to the God of the Bible, the living God. The world around us needs to know that there is no god like our God, the God of the Bible.
We believe that God is real.
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-existent with God the Father and God the Son.
We believe the Creator, Elohim, who spoke this universe into existence lives within each believer. We who are born again have become the temple of the living God.
We believe that no other god is like our God, who made the sun, moon, and stars, who opened up the Red Sea and brought the newborn nation of Israel through on dry ground.
The Lord says, “Give Me glory because of Who I am.” In Isaiah 44:6 the prophet cries, “Thus saith the LORD the king of Israel, and the redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” Then in verse 8 we read, “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses, Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
Number 2: We are to “Give God Glory for His POWER.”
Returning to Psalm 29, we discover that we should give Him glory for His power, for in verse 3 we read, “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters.” Here under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David paints a powerful word picture of a storm. If you are familiar with the geography and the topography of the Land of the Bible, you can imagine the storm starting out in the Mediterranean Sea and moving inland.
The psalmist stood in awe as he considered this storm. He saw the power of God in it and said, “When I see God’s power, I know there is glory due to the Lord for His power.”
In verses 3-5 David describes this storm as the VOICE of God, “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. (4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (5) The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.”
In verse 6, the description continues, “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.” Here he is speaking of the mountains. God said that He makes the mountains skip, move, and quiver like a wild beast. This is the power of God.
In verse 7, the description goes on, “The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. (8) The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.” This describes the flash of lightening breaking from the sky. As the raging of the heavens meets the raging of the sea the psalmist said, “I see in all this the majesty and power of God. Glory is due unto our God who can do this.”
In verses 8-9, the description continues, “(8) The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. (9) The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.”
The storm started out at sea and then moved to the land. As it struck the land, some of the mighty cedars of Lebanon were torn by the voice of God. He moved from the cedars to the mountains making the very mountains quake. He flung the storm down from the north across the land to the south. He roared into the wilderness shaking it to the rock foundation of Petra. From this we can see that “All power belongs to our God. Amen!!”
Number 3: We are to “Give God Glory for His PEACE.”
The faithless person does not understand our God who can sweep across the sea, break across the shore, rip down the mighty cedars of Lebanon, shake the mountains, rage across the wilderness and move the foundations of the city, and yet be so personal that He can give us peace in our hearts. Our Lord not only gives us peace, but peace in the storm, as we read in Psalm 29:10-11, “The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. (11) The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
Hebrews 13:20 declares, “Now the God of peace…”
Isaiah 38:17 proclaimed, “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
In Philippians 4:6-7 read, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The Bible says that the peace of God shall guard and protect you. “The peace of God…shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” even in the midst of the storms of life. Psalm 29:11 says, “The LORD will bless his people with peace.”
Allow me to spend the balance of our time impressing upon you the importance of "Glorifying God" in every area of our personal lives. We must realize that "Glorifying God" can be accomplished through every detail of living. When I say every detail I mean in our home, in our marriage, in our church ministry, in every area of our lives. Remember in I Corinthians 10:31 we read, "Whether, then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." How does this all happen? How does glorifying God occur?
First: By including the Lord God in every aspect of your life. We must keep asking the question:
IS GOD GETTING THE GLORY for the "WHENS" of my life? You name it. When any subject calls for my response, my attitude and answer are to be for His glory.
IS GOD GETTING THE GLORY for the "IFS" of my life? Regardless, if the plans we have arranged succeed, or fail, or must be altered, God must get the glory. Our permanent theme in life is to be: "To God be the glory for the things He hath done."
IS GOD GETTING THE GLORY for the "INS" of my life? Glorifying God must be "IN" every aspect of my life:
In my public or private affairs God must be glorified.
In my relationships God must be glorified.
In my home, in my ministry, in my work God must be glorified.
In my study and preparation God must receive all the glory.
In order to do this, you must take the first tough step. PRIDE and SELFISHNESS, two characteristics prescribed by human nature, must be constantly and consciously put down and every desire must be surrendered to the Lord. You and I must open every closet, every room in our lives, and allow God's glory in. How does this occur?
Second: By refusing to expect or accept any of the glory that belongs to God. Please remember the flesh is very creative and selfish and it doesn't mind getting the glory for spiritually-sounding things or religious acts. In all of us there is that inner struggle with the flesh. It's a battle ground, for sure, to give God and He alone ALL the glory.
At a Bible conference, a musical group sang a song in a most exciting manner evoking loud cheers and applause. People were smiling and saying, "Aren't they good? Wasn't their choreography entertaining?" The group was followed shortly thereafter by a pastor with multiple sclerosis who from his wheelchair said, "No one ever cared for me like Jesus." When he was finished, a holy hush moved over the congregation. There were tears in people's eyes, and they were thinking, "Isn't our God wonderful? Oh, how we ought to love Him more!" No cheers and applause, just worship.
Hear these words, "No man can bear witness to Christ and to himself at the same time. No man can give the impression that he himself is clever and that Christ is mighty to save."
Allow me to repeat that our primary purpose in life and in the church is for "the glory of God.”
The light of God's presence must illuminate your endeavors, or they're done in vain.
The authority of God's power must energize your efforts, or they're doomed to fail.
The significance of God's preeminence must remain paramount in your thoughts, or everything you do becomes a monument to man.
With that in mind, allow me to refer back to previous statements and give you a plan of action.
In order to include the Lord God in every aspect of your life you need to meet often and alone with Him in prayer.
In order to refuse to expect or accept any of the glory that belongs to God, you need to openly admit your struggle with pride.
You need to filter everything through the same question: Will this bring glory to God or will it bring glory to me?
In Revelation 4:9-11, a scene unfolds before us. It is the account of the judgment seat of Christ where we shall stand before Jesus Christ and place our crowns at His feet, declaring that He alone is worthy.
“And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, (10) The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, (11) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Notice again in verse 11 John records for us, “Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” The Word of God says for the believer there is coming a day when the redeemed will give God the glory. There is coming a day, reading from Philippians 2:11, where “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
This morning, ask yourself these questions:
In my life, am I glorifying God?
In my marriage, am I (as a wife or as a husband) glorifying God?
On my job, am I glorying God?
In my ministry at church, am I glorifying God?
You may also ask, “Pastor, just how do I know if I am or if I am not glorifying God? And my answer is this:
If you are doing what you are doing to glorify self, or for pride, or in the flesh, then you are glorifying self not God.
But if you are doing what you are doing in all aspects of life in the power of the Spirit of God and in obedience to the Word of God, then you are glorifying God.
During the next few moments, think about this matter, and determine where you stand. While you are quiet with the Lord, listen to the words of the Fanny Crosby hymn, “To God Be The Glory.”
To God be the glory great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin,
And opened the life-gate that all my go in.
O Perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son.
But purer and higher and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
And open the life-gates that all my come in.
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon “The Glory Due His Name” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please let me know. Please send an e-mail to pdmikBBM@aol.com and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.
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