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Not to Us, O LORD, Not to Us

October 13, 2019

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Not To Us,  O LORD,  Not To Us

We need to give glory and credit  to where glory and credit are due.      In full realization of that,  Psalm 115 begins by saying,

Not to us,  O LORD,  not to us,
But  to Thy name  give glory
Because of  Thy lovingkindness,  because of  Thy truth.

It is true that God’s children struggle to live rightly  and do well towards others,  but the credit is not really  to those who strive.      It is God who enables us  to live and work  in a way that is right and good.      So,  we do not praise and glorify any one particular Christian  over another,  because it is God  working through all of His children.      It is God who gives each one  the particular task  He wants them to do.     Therefore,  it is God  who is to be praised  and glorified  in all things.

In the early church,  many of those  who put their faith in Jesus  became full-time preachers of the gospel.      As the people listened  to these various preachers,  and came to faith,  they would talk amongst themselves  and hold to their favorite preacher  as being better than the others.      They were wrong  in this  and Paul wrote to the Corinthians  regarding this problem.      The first three chapters of 1 Corinthians  talks about how we need to regard those  who preach the truths  of God’s word.      In 1 Corinthians 3:4-9, Paul wrote,

For when one says,  “I am of Paul,”  and another,  “I am of Apollos,”  are you not mere men?      What then is Apollos?      And what is Paul?      Servants  through whom you believed,  even as the Lord  gave opportunity to each one.      I planted,  Apollos watered,  but God  was causing the growth.

So then  neither the one who plants  nor the one who waters  is anything,  but God  who causes the growth.      Now  he who plants  and he who waters  are one;  but each will receive his own reward  according to his own labor.      For we are God’s fellow-workers;  you are God’s field,  God’s building.

We need to remember  how it is the Lord  who “gave opportunity to each one,”  and it is the Lord  “who causes growth.”      We are not to follow men  for their preaching ability,  singing ability,  or any other talent they might have.      But,  we are to allow God to work His truths  and grace  in our hearts and souls.      2 Peter 3:18 tells us to,

Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.      To Him be the glory,  both now  and to the day of eternity.      Amen.

The grace of our salvation in Jesus Christ alone  is not something  we can muster up  through our own efforts  and strivings,  because Ephesians 2:8  assures us,

For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that not of yourselves,  it is the gift of God.

We need to give God our Savior  all the credit and glory  for leading us  in His truths  onto eternal salvation.      Those truths are  all contained  in His word  —  the Bible.      Men are known  to twist and change  God’s word  through their preaching,  so it behooves us  to always check everything out  with what God teaches us  in His eternal word.

As we think about God’s grace  towards us,  given through His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your works of love  and salvation  through Christ Jesus alone  are marvelous beyond compare.      Let us always look to You  in Your word,  that we may always remember  how glorious You are.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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