Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Psalm 50.14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
Thankfulness, Faithfulness and - Humble dependence upon Him. In these three things God says we - glorify - Him. Imagine that, God Himself giving us a very simple, three part means whereby we can know we are glorifying Him. But not in the ways we ordinarily think. God is glorified when His children begin to recognize how much He DOES do, and what He HAS done and we are thankful. God is glorified when we are seen as a faithful people - because people are faithful, loyal - most often when the one they are loyal to is truly deserving of such loyalty. And lastly, God is glorified when we live in humble dependence upon Him. When we actually TRUST Him in life's trials, griefs, disappointments, fears, heartaches, anxieties and perplexities. Many imagine that Christians shouldn't even have these things. That to admit them detracts from God's glory. But it isn't true! The World needs to see that we endure the very same things they do, but that we have a hope that is steadfast and sure. We have a calm in the midst of our storms. An assurance when everything collapses around our ears. An anchor no matter how rough it gets. Peace in the middle of the chaos - not exemption from it. But if you and I would have that peace, live in God's assurance, stand fast on His foundation, rest in His providence, it will take humility. Humility? Yep, humility. A willingness to let go of the reigns, and trust someone else to meet our needs, when we want control. Our native, Adamic arrogance leads us to want to be strong enough, bright, clever and resourceful enough to deal with everything ourselves. Or at the most, just get a hand to help out. But He is not satisfied with such independence. It relegates Him to the station of the Fireman. Call Him in emergencies but otherwise - depend upon yourself. Of course, the truth is you cannot sustain yourself for even the slightest moment in any way. He is the One giving you breath. He is keeping your heart beating and your brain functioning. You in fact are absolutely dependent upon Him every moment of every day for everything. What He desires, is that you begin to live like it. So that in your calling upon Him in all things - He is acknowledged by His own, for who and what He is. In other words, He is glorified. And the place where this is most exercised is? Yeah, prayer. Lack of prayer is the single most arrogant thing we do. It says to Him we can get along fine - until. And that dear friend, is a lie.