My morning quiet time has been sporadic at best lately. Part one is my children! These early risers make it hard to find peace before the chaos ensues. After several days of frustration I finally remembered to seek God for wisdom (Why is it we forget this?!) and out of his glorious riches he gave me direction. The best part is that one of his answers was to utilize Evan in helping Wyatt in the morning. Since he loves to be a leader, this is a perfect role for him! Part two was my own fault…staying up too late and then struggling to wake up at 5:30. Praise God that he is helping me to find solutions to both of these conflicts!
Anyway, as I enjoyed quiet time this morning I was reading Psalm 29.
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
The first time I read through this my thought was “yes, we are to use our voices to praise God for his greatness and love for us”, but then God challenged me that there really is more to this verse. The reality is that our voices are not the only thing that must praise God, we must praise God through our actions.
Let me explain in greater detail.
-Think about the last conversation you had with your spouse or kids, did your words ascribe glory to the Lord?
-When you were in a hurry but had to wait in a long line at the gas station, did your thoughts and body language ascribe glory to God?
-When you became irritated by a situation beyond your control, did you react in a way that gave glory to God?
I have to admit that more often than not I fail to ascribe glory to God in his situations. It’s easy to praise God for the good but we are also called to praise him in the trials. As a holy people, we are called to demonstrate God’s greatness, glory, strength and splendor in every situation, no matter what our emotions and feelings. The only way we will be able to accomplish this is by basking daily in his presence. We must surround ourselves with so much of Him that there is little room left for our humanness to exist. This is why the Bible says to pray continually. In each moment that the sin of our humanity threatens to break through we must call upon his name.
Then, when we invite his presence in, when we whisper the name of Jesus, we will find all aspects of our life ascribing glory to him. Praise God, that is the victorious life we are all called to live!