Glory in His Name
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalms 50:14-15 The Psalmist provides a principle most believers missed realizing. When you pray in times of trouble, you bring glory to God. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, included in the pattern is to ask God “His will be done” (see Matthew 6:9-10). Praying in His will even in times of distress will bring honor to His name. You show that you are dependent and you trust Him even in your deepest needs. He wants you to trust Him with your cares. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). There may be times when God allows you to reach a point of desperation that you have no one to turn to except Him, so that you will call upon Him. God’s glory is demonstrated when you let Him walk with you in times of trials. You also demonstrate to a watching world the difference He makes in the lives of His children. If God never allowed you to experience trials, people around you might never have the opportunity to witness God’s provision in the life of a believer. If you feel you could handle everything in life including difficulties, you might be tempted to feel self-sufficient and without any need of God in your daily life. This will lead to pride thinking that you do not need to seek God’s assistance. Your self-centeredness will take away your trust from God. You convince yourself that you can handle your dilemma through your own abilities, resources, and wisdom. Your pride will rob God the glory that only belongs to Him. Don’t allow your pride to take what rightfully belongs to the Lord. Call upon the Lord and wait for His answer. Then give Him the glory that He deserves. “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” (Psalm 30:11-12).
Noel De Guzman Westside Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA