So far we’ve looked at:
♥ Reading the Psalms
♥ Visualizing God on His heavenly throne
♥ Appreciating how creation glorifies our Creator
♥ Keeping God’s Holy Days
We can’t give God the glory due His name (Psa. 29:2) but we should try! Here are some more ways:
♥ Hallow God’s name
Jesus instructed in His model prayer that our prayers should begin with hallowing God’s name (Matt. 6:9). An Elder friend recommends leading off with “I love you, Father!” I like to continue with “I love Jesus Christ, your Son! I love your Church! I love your Work! I love your Bible! I love your way! And please give me more of your love!”
Our daily lives should begin this way too—Days are better when they begin with thanking God for a new day (Psa. 55:17). Of course, David says it’s good to also pray daily at noon and evening.
David said “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psa. 34:3). Some Bibles have supplementary material giving two or more pages of names, titles and offices for Jesus Christ. Beware the “sacred name” heresy—God has many names. Think YHVH Ropha as you pray about your long list of people needing healing. Think Elohim and be grateful God is calling you to His Family. Think Jesus Christ who is your Savior. Take time to learn God’s many names, titles and offices. My favorite is to thank God daily that the supreme power of the universe is good, giving, kind—and glorious!
♥ Keep God’s commandments
We say we love God. The first four commandments are how God says we actually live love to Him. Are we really keeping them? “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3).
♥ Give God the respect due His name
Not doing this cost Moses the physical Promised Land (Num. 20:8-12). All the complainers finally got to him so that he struck the rock twice instead of just speaking to it like he did the last time. Bad as that was, then he shouted “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Actually Moses and Aaron were the real rebels! Why does it usually turn out that we accuse when we’re guilty of the same! Because all sin is common to man and one of the most common is accusing!
God chastised Moses severely “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel.” Perhaps Moses and Aaron lapsed into thinking their closeness to God and being His leaders gave them some license. Yet God holds His leaders to stricter accountability (James 3:1). And we are never too old to be tested.
Yet God is so merciful. God still brought forth the water they needed. Moses will still be in the better Promised Land.
♥ Choose good music and entertainment
“I will praise the name of God with a song” (Psa. 69:30).
I love the “Today” song by John Denver which has the astute line: “You’ll know who I am by the songs that I sing.” And by what we read and by movies we watch. The rating we should be concerned with is God’s! Are we busy decrying the sex and violence on our TV!
Check God’s advice in Eph. 5:18-19 and Col. 3:16-17. Good spiritual songs can provide not only beautiful music to inspire us but beautiful thoughts that point us to honoring God.
♥ Honor Jesus Christ
The Father has given His Son “the name which is above every name.” At that name every knee, no matter how skinned or even broken it has to suffer, will bow to Him. “Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Php. 2:9-11)
♥ The biggest and most important way by far is how we live
Every parent would say that the best way for his kids to honor them is to live the good values the parent strove to teach them.
The best way to give God some of the glory due His name is to do what He says! “Why call you me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say” (Luke 6:46).
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory!” (Ps. 72:18-19).
Here’s the most amazing part of all the glorying: At His last prayer with His disciples before His suffering and crucifixion at this very time of year in 31 A.D., Jesus said, “And the glory which You [the Father] gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one” (John 17:22).
To be part of “them” is reason enough to give God some of the glory due His name!