“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” —Isaiah 42:8
Yesterday, we learned that of the many gifts God bestows, there are two things He has not given us. One is vengeance. The other is glory. Glory belongs to God alone, not to theologians or to church leaders, or even well-known saints of the past or present.
Unfortunately, we often grab glory for ourselves, proudly receiving pats on the back for a spiritual job well done.
There is, however, another way to deal with the praise of men. Corrie ten Boom, survivor of Nazi concentration camps, accepted worldwide accolades for her efforts to protect Jews during the World War II occupation of Holland. She often commented that she was able to accept each compliment as though it were a rosebud, gathering many words of blessings during the course of the day. Then in the evening, she presented God with a big bouquet of praise. Corrie knew that glory, praise, and honor belonged only to the Lord.
But here’s the amazing part. Although glory is God’s and God’s alone, He has told us in 1 Peter 5:1 that one day we will share in the glory to be revealed. How incredible of God to delight in having His glory revealed in us on that special day. Truly, He has given us all things.
God of glory, all praise and honor belong to You. You alone are worthy of adoration and worship. You give Your glory and praise to no one and I am pleased today to bow before Your throne and ascribe all glory and honor to You. It amazes me, God, that one day in heaven I will share in Your glory – thank You for that indescribable gift. Until that day, I glory and boast in You, and You alone.