Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. Ps. 115:1
The repetition of the words “not to us” would seem to indicate a rejection of any glory which we might appropriate to ourselves, and it also desires that God would magnify his own name. The people loathed the idea of seeking their own glory, and rejected the thought with the utmost detestation, again and again disclaiming any self- glorifying motive in their supplication.
Do you remember Daniel? King Nebuchadnezzar failed to have his dream interpreted until he met a young man, who he had violently captured from Israel’s land. This young Hebrew, dwelling in courts of the strongest world leader of his day, did not hesitate to give God glory (Daniel 2). When he could have taken the spotlight and used it to build his own consulting service, he chose instead to honor the Lord.
Where are your words directed? Heavenward or inward?
When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it, the extraordinary prayers of His people. And it is revealed that when God is about to
accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication. Jonathan Edwards
REFLECTION: Am I asking that God’s glory would be realized and His name be made great as we endeavor to build for the future of His kingdom?
PRAYER: Lord, may You receive all the glory, and not us, as we begin to build to help expand Your kingdom on this earth.