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"Give to the Lord the glory due to His name" (Psalm 29:2)
That phrase of one verse really spoke to me this morning when I read it. Really, the part that grabbed me is even a smaller portion: "the glory due to His name".
The circles that I operate in often talk about glorifying God. We talk about bringing glory to God in our actions and words. If we're REALLY serious, we even talk about glorifying God in our attitudes.
I once was asked by a Muslim friend to tell him my belief regarding why we exist. I told Him that we exist to bring glory to God. I meant it then and I still believe it now.
But how in the world can we possibly bring to Him the glory that He is due? The answer is that we can't; we don't have it in us. We are flawed, imperfect, inconsistent, distracted.
So, maybe we should ask God, "What's the second best thing we could give you?"
He's not interested in our second best, so He made it possible--through His presence living through us--for us to bring Him more than what is just in us.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, English Standard Version)
We don't bring Him more glory by more effort; we bring Him more glory by more surrender to Him.
Question: How can you shift your focus from effort to surrender?
Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your perspective.