Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Psalm 138 Exalting God's Name and Word

KEY TEXT: Psalms 138:2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

KEY THOT: There are two things that God himself has exalted: His name and His word. Not our name nor our word. Human fame is fleeting and so is human word. Nothing done in our name and for our fame matters ultimately from heaven’s perspective—only God’s name and His word matter. The implication of this truth is that God is doing everything in human history and in all creation to exalt His name and His word. So we pray, “Hallowed be Thy name…Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It’s not about us. It’s about the glory of God. 

Yes, God protects his name and word, not only by dying for sinners at the Cross but also by pouring out his wrath against sinners who rebel against him. When we see everything from the perspective of God’s motivation to exalt his name and his word, then we know not to question why he did what he did: “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:21-23). 

Therefore, our goal in life is not to exalt ourselves but to exalt God and promote His glory. We do this by bowing down in worship of his name and obeying His word. Christianity is not about us. It's about God. Put to death our petty self-glorification. Instead, promote the glory of God's name and His Word.

Father, we thank You that Your ultimate purpose is to exalt Your name and fulfill Your Word. Help us worship Your name and obey Your word. Amen.

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