Words from the Heart for Monday October 1st, 2018
Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 148:13 (NKJV)
His Name and His Glory
The Name of our God is higher than any other name. He is the exalted Lord. When we praise that Name, we are glorifying the One who is above all. We may never meet the vast numbers of people across the earth who love and praise the Name of the Lord until we all are with Him eternally. But, we are part of that crowd. Don’t hold back your voice. He is worthy of your worship.
When Canada won gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships this past January, the glory went to Tyler Steenburgen. The story is wonderful. Steenburgen was the 13th forward on a team that had four lines. Do the math: 12 of the players were on the ice regularly. Steenburgen wasn’t. In the first period of that gold medal game he was on the ice for 32 seconds, and less than three minutes in the second. In the third, he scored the goal that gave Canada the gold.
Psalm 148 is a consistent call to all of God’s creation to praise him. Verse after verse calls everything from the sun to the tiniest of creatures to praise the Creator. It naturally pours from all that God has made, and from the human heart and lips, praise flows out for the great love and redemption that we have experienced in Jesus Christ. Psalm 148:13 gives us the foundation for all of this praise: “Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.” Through all that God has created we get a glimpse of His greatness and His glory. The first chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans tells us that men and women have no excuse in not believing in God, since He is made obvious by His creation. If what He has created is so magnificent and glorious that it causes us to praise, imagine how magnificent and glorious the Creator must be. How can you praise and glorify the great God who spoke this remarkable world into being.
These have been words from the heart.