Saturday, October 15, 2011

Glory of God

 4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
 5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
 6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 

Glory of God

The middle verse (verse 5) of Psalm 57 seems to be out of place, being nestled between two verses filled with descriptions of the enemies of David. David describes his enemies as lions that are set on fire in verse 4, and as preparing a net for him in verse 6. Right in the middle of these two verses David says,
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
Surrounded on all sides by enemies ready to cast a net over him and throw him into a pit, David remembers the glory of God. The armies of Saul have surrounded David, who is hiding in a cave, and David remembers the glory of God! He understands that he is no more in danger than if he were comfortably sitting in his own house, or safely tending his father's sheep. He is so comfortable with the defeat of his enemies, that he understands that they themselves will fall into the pit they have dug for him.

How confident are we in God? Do we shy away from speaking with people about the Lord because we fear their reaction? Do we love the praise of men so much that we are willing to forgo the praise of God? If our persecutors surrounded our house, would we collapse in fear, or would we remember the glory of God?

That does not mean that God would necessarily spare our life, but it would mean that our death would take us into the very presence of Christ, our Redeemer. Nothing on this earth can compare to the glory of God which awaits us when we stand before Him in all of His heavenly glory.

Unfortunately, most of us have become so consumed by the things of this world, that we forget our own true heritage. We are not here to amass great fortunes, live lives consumed with pleasure, or make a great name for ourselves. As children of God, we are here to use our God-given abilities and circumstances to bring glory to God. 

Amazing as it is, God uses the foolish things of this world (that is us) to confound the wise of this world. Do we love this world so much that we have so little concern for those among whom we live each day? Do we understand their lost estate? Do we pray for their salvation? If they have questions about the Lord, are we the kind of people they will choose to come to for answers? Do they see the glory of God in our lives?

These are good questions for us to ponder. Our greatest purpose on this earth is to bring glory to God and to enjoy Him forever!

God Bless You,

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