To God be the Glory

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

We see the athlete point up after a successful move, run, play or game. We can be a little cynical about the action. Do they really mean it? Are they giving God credit for their success? Is God picking one team over another? Are they wanting us to think they are faithful? Does the winner have more faith than the loser?

Ah, we miss the point.

The Psalmist wants us to know that God is God. Loving and faithful. Steadfast. God is with us through wins and losses, in good times and in bad. And still, we give God glory. Because God is great.

We give glory to God because of who God is. Or, do we? It’s easy to give God glory when we see the snow-covered peaks on a blue-sky day. And, it might be easy to give God glory when we are winning, successful and things are going our way. But do we?

What about when the skies are dark, we have failed, are losing and can’t find our way. Do we give God glory then? This is the time when we need to give God glory remembering that God is with us in the struggle. Perhaps it’s more important to give God glory at these times! People (including us!) can see our faith that we believe God is great even then.

Tomorrow we gather at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. (and on-demand through our stream). We remind one another to give God glory, because of God’s steadfast love, mercy, and faithfulness. It won’t be the same without you!

Grace be with you,


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