It’s Not about Us… To God be the Glory!

To God be the glory;

To God be the glory;

To God be the glory,

For the things He has done;

“My Tribute,” Andrae Crouch

What are you living for? Why does it all matter? These are important questions that have rung throughout the corridors of human history.

The 17th century Westminster Catechism provides a sound response:  

Man\’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Our most complete joy is in glorifying God. When we live to glorify God we discover purpose and fulfillment. There\’s no greater joy than the joy of being in communion with Jesus Christ. My cousin, Michael E. Mathis celebrates the life of Christ in his song, “The Best Life:”

This is the best life, living for Jesus;

Soon, one day we’ll be with Him eternally.

This is the best life, living for Jesus;

I’m glad to be a part of the family of God.

When we discover the richness that the Christian experience brings, we\’re able to live out the fullness of God’s best. But, it doesn\’t start with us. The life of Christ begins and ends with God. David said,

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalms 100:3).

What a blessing to be part of God’s family!

God cares for you and me. He is with us, even when others walk away.

Because of Jesus, we don’t have to walk alone. He is with us through the tough times as well as the easier times. In fact, we wouldn\’t be who we are without the Lord. Let\’s not for get that!

The Lord has brought us safely this far and will carry us on. He is an excellent heavenly Father who loves us.

Great is His faithfulness!

God’s love brings us through the wilderness seasons of life. The Lord opens doors that otherwise would not have opened to us.

Bless His name!

It\’s important to note that life with Jesus does not evade reality. It helps us to weather the storms. Considering David\’s own adversity and Israel\’s collective history, David expresses glory to God in this way:

If the Lord had not been on our side—

     let Israel say—

if the Lord had not been on our side

    when people attacked us,

they would have swallowed us alive

    when their anger flared against us;

the flood would have engulfed us,

    the torrent would have swept over us…. (Psalm 124)

 Can you think of times when you almost gave up, but God stepped in?  

If it had not been for the Lord on our side, where would you and I be?

To God be the glory!

In Andrea Crouch’s song, “My Tribute,” he adds, “And if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.”

Praise the Lord!

Dr. Antipas L. Harris
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