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Monday, August 29, 2016

PSALM 115



"Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness,
because of Your truth."
(verse1)

Nope, can't claim the glory. 
There's just some things God won't share.
Jesus taught us to prayer, "Thine be the glory..."
"We seek it not; take it wholly to Thyself."


Sometimes we want to sit in the big chair and control the world.

Kids go through the stage always asking, "Why?"  Then parents go through the stage answering. At first they give long explanations which are always met with more "Why" questions.  They finally  reach the point that all they can say is, "Because."  Just "because." No frills.  No more pontificating.  They just say "because" period.  Here the because is "Because of Your lovingkindess (mercy) and "because of Your truth."  This sums it up, why we give God, and God alone, the glory, just because. (*Quotes are from Adam Clarke)



"Thy mercy gave the promise;
Thy truth fulfilled it...
As a promise-keeping God."
(Adam Clarke)


A Hot Wheels sandwich?
Sometimes even parents ask "Why?"

See, I told you.  Here comes the "Why? question in verse2

"Why should the nations say,
'Where, now, is their God?'"

I love the answer. 
It's like two kids arguing who's got the bigger, better, stronger daddy,
and of course, we know we do!

"But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases."


Yep.  That's our big God. 
He does whatever He wants.



But it keeps getting better, so nah, nah, nah to ya'll old heathens!



"Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of man's hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
They cannot make a sound with their throat.
Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them."
(verses 4-8)


Silly people.  Sadly, there have been millions of silly people.
Adam Clarke calls them "Quite senseless people."
Instead of worshipping the God of Creation,
They worship the god of their creation.
That's how stubborn mankind is who refuses to
bow to the one and only Supreme God of the Universe.
He made it all,
but we want to make our own
in our own little image.
Yep.



There's temples with idols in our towns.
They have parades with their idols.
They want us to celebrate with them.
Anathema.
God won't share His glory.

Remember at the beginning of this Psalm?
We saw that we can give God the glory because of truth.
I'll give you a little truth,
John 14:6

 

"Jesus said unto him, 'I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me.'"
I Corinthians 13:6 says, "Love...rejoices with the truth."
Nope, can't carve, mold, imitate, or counterfeit the ticket to heaven.
Why?
Because God said so.








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