Monday, August 1, 2011

The Morning After: God, Glory, & Our Idols (Psalm 115)

It was great to preach again yesterday. I have been out of the pulpit for a few weeks because of vacation and I really did miss preaching. I think I would do it everyday if I had enough things to say.

Yesterday, I preached on Psalm 115. I was finishing a short series for the month of July on some different Psalms. And Psalm 115 begins with a bang: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory." It is God alone who deserves to be glorified (or worshipped). In fact, God deserves all glory for all things at all times in all places by all people. For us to ever not give glory to God in something is by definition the nature of sin. Sin is doing anything that misses the mark of God's perfect glory (Rom. 3:23). That is why when someone gives millions of dollars to help support the pediatric cancer wing of your local hospital, that act can be sinful if it is not done for the glory of God.

From Psalm 115, I think there are Four Explanations As To Why God Deserves Glory.

1.  God Deserves Glory Because He Is Sovereign (vs. 1-3)
2.  God Deserves Glory Because He Is Alive (vs. 4-8)
3.  God Deserves Glory Because He Is Faithful (vs. 9-15)
4.  God Deserves Glory Because He Is Generous (vs. 16-18)

You will have to listen to it to hear all of it (find it HERE), but let me just mention the first one.

God will not and does not share His glory with anyone. He says in Isaiah 42:8 that He will not give His glory to another. In Isaiah 48:11 he says "For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act." He is serious when it comes to His glory. And we see that in His Sovereignty. Saying that God is sovereign means that He is in control. The flow of the passage goes something like this:

Vs. 1 - To God be the glory, not to us.

Vs. 2 - But there are some out there that will mock followers of God and say, 'Where now is your God?' This usually happens during the hard times of life. While the Jewish people are in captivity; while the Germans kill millions of Jews; people look at them and ask, 'Where is your God?'

Vs. 3 - The author gives the perfect answer: Our God is in the Heavens and He does whatever He pleases. He is in control! He is the ruler!

And this is where the rubber meets the road. Let me give you an illustration: What if God were to think that He was tired of America robbing Him of His glory? So He decides to wipe this country off the face of the earth, starting with the governmental system this Tuesday. What if this is the beginning of the end and God is going to do it for His glory. Are we okay with that? Are we willing to say that God gets the glory if our country tumbles this week? In the good & in the bad? "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory!"

Question: Are Your Robbing God Of Any Glory In Anything You Do?


  1. Pastor Thad,
    Your message on "God, Glory & Our Idols" from Psalm 115 was outstanding. The Lord spoke clearly to my own heart. I wish that every Cornerstone friend would listen to it at least once and then again. This is essential to our faith and such a needed word to the Church in America today. May the Lord continue to anoint you for preaching from His living Word. Glory to God in all things!
    Your brother in Jesus, Roger

  2. Roger,

    Thanks for your encouragement. The idolatry subject hits home for all of us.


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