Starting tomorrow, the devotions this week will focus on the six verses of the 23rd Psalm. Each of us love the Psalm for different reasons. I hope the psalm we've read so often will speak to our souls in new ways.
"His glory is great through your help; splendor and majesty you bestow on him." (Psalm 21:5)
We often talk about how God's grace makes us worthy and acceptable. In Psalm 21, the writer turns acceptance upside down. In this passage, God's glory is enhanced by you and me. We even have the ability to bestow splendor and majesty on God. Wow!
It reminds me of that old saying, "If a tree falls in a forest and no none is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" If there is no one there to glorify God, then God's splendor and Majesty are not heard, and it is as if God is not present. We know that even though no one is in the forest, the falling tree still makes a noise. Likewise, we know that the glory of God is all around us, even if no one is announcing God's splendor.
But what glorious joy there is, when God's majesty is announced and recognized by those around us. When you are attending worship, your very presence increases the power of the service. Just think about how alive a service is when the sanctuary is full. When you are listening to the service, singing the hymn, and intentionally participating in the prayers, God's glory feels present in the room. We worship not just for our selves. Our presents glorifies God and helps bring God's splendor and majesty to others in the sanctuary. Ask God in your prayer today, to make God's splendor and majesty more visible to others through your commitment.