I will sing of Thy steadfast love, O Lord,[a] for ever;
with my mouth I will proclaim Thy faithfulness to all generations.
2 For Thy steadfast love was established for ever,
Thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens. (Psalm 89:1-2)
What does it mean to give glory to God? How, exactly, is that done? Do I have to wait until Heaven to truly give Him glory? I can praise Him in worship and in song, but how does my life give Him glory?
I wish I could give proper credit for this quote, but I heard it in a homily and don’t remember the source. But when I heard it, it not only convicted me, but also excited me:
“When we fail to tell people what God is doing in our lives, we rob God of His glory.”
It convicted me because, flashing through my mind, were all the lost opportunities I have had to give God glory, but held back for fear of being thought uber-religious, naive, pushy, or saying it awkwardly. There have been times I was afraid that by saying something I would make the Christian life seem pollyannish to the listener.
It excited me for two reasons. First, as those thoughts were flashing through my mind, I realized they were signs of pride in my life. Such pride is a sin. If I want to be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt. 5:48), then sin must be rooted out so that His perfect love can fill me. I can’t confess a sin I don’t realize is there. Score! Found another of pride’s hiding places! 🙂
Second, it thrilled me with the realization that I am free to say all that God is doing because it will bring Him glory! Even if someone would think less of me, God will be pleased! He will be glorified!
Jesus said we need to be like children when it comes to turning to the Father. Children don’t worry about how the other person is going to receive their excitement; they’re just excited! Sometimes that embarrasses us as parents (or at least it did when I was a younger parent). It doesn’t need to. Childlike excitement over the pure and the good is refreshing to the soul and reflects back on the source of the excitement. In this case, when I tell of what God is doing in my life at opportune times, it is reflecting the glory back to Him. And when that happens, I am more blessed than before. What a glorious catch-22!