WE ARE CREATED TO GLORIFY GOD, ever and ever to praise Him, the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty. This is His just due, not because He is an egotist, but because it is the natural order that the one who made everything and has power over everything should be acknowledged accordingly.
Throughout history, God shaped a people who would reflect His holiness and bring Him glory. They would be His treasure and delight. Look at the verses below that chronicle this plan from God’s very heart:
- Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Ex 19:5
- But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are. Deut 4:12
- For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. Deut 7:6
- Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth– every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. Isa 43:6-7
- They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God. Ez 37:23
- Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word Eph 5:26
- who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good Titus 2:14
- But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9
- In him we were also chosen, … in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Eph 1:11-12;
But too often we treat God as impotent and uncaring. We don’t think He will answer our prayers. We don’t live bold lives. Instead, we are swamped with discouragement. We compromise. We lose our dreams.
God’s name is to be exalted, not profaned or belittled. He is to be honored as HOLY, POWERFUL AND FAITHFUL. Through the ages, He has upheld His name, and we should do the same.
- I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out Ez 20:14;
- for the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. Is 48:11;
- But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt. I did it to keep my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived Ez 20:9
- I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. Ex 39:7
- Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD. Lev 22:2
- But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.’
- And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Heb 11:6
I am posting a picture from a church wedding I recently attended. Look how everyone is celebrating! Our hearts were bursting with joy and praise for God. He worked powerfully to save and to bless abundantly, to give hope.
On Friday night I went to a Bible talk and we talked about the parable of the unmerciful servant. (Luke 18) I thought one reason the servant didn’t forgive his fellow servant was that he took for granted the amazing mercy he had been shown when his own debt had been forgiven.
Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matt 18:25-27
We have been given so much. We should be filled with joy, live lives of celebration, constantly giving glory to God and Christ. We have a wonderful merciful savior. He is faithful to us, His treasured possession. We must honor HIS HOLINESS AND HIS NAME by living powerful, effective lives that DELIGHT in Him. Amen.