Getting Ready For - Part 5
A Meditation on Psalm 96
“Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.” Psalm 96:7-8
What! Me? Give glory and strength to the Lord? How can I give anything to God He doesn’t already have? Good question. How can a finite created human being give anything to the God of all creation who possesses all things, having created them all for His pleasure?
The answer is we can’t. We can’t give God anything He doesn’t already have except for one.
But first, the question is not what can we give to God, but rather what can we acknowledge through our understanding of God that encompasses more of Who He truly is as it is revealed to us by His Spirit? In other words, when you describe something based solely on what you can see on its surface, like the earth for example, it’s greatness, in your mind only extends to the measure of your understanding of what you can see of it.
The person who has never ventured beyond his own back yard or his neighborhood all His life will have a very limited perspective of what the earth is all about. But the one who has been privileged to travel to other places even to the uttermost parts of the world; the one who has explored the oceans at the deepest depth or viewed the vast expanse of the land from atop majestic mountain peaks, or the one who has seen the great canyons or flown high above the clouds will have a much greater understanding of how truly magnificent the earth is and will, therefore, give more glory to it.
How big is your understanding of God? What is your understanding of the measure of God’s strength? How vast is His glory? The more you know of Him the more you add to His glory and strength. And He is due all the glory and more than we can give to Him.
So we are invited to come to Him and we do so not with empty hands but we bring an offering and come into His presence. What can we bring that He does not already own? We can bring ourselves as living sacrifices. The people who brought sacrifice to the tabernacle and the temple offered up animals to be killed to make atonement for their sins. God provided the sacrifices for them through the work of their hands either directly or indirectly. They were brought from among their own flocks or purchased from another to present them to the Lord.
But Jesus has entered into the Holy Place once and for all to make atonement for all our sins for all times by the shedding of His own blood on the cross. There is no more need for a blood sacrifice offering. The sacrifices we now bring to God in worship are praise and thanksgiving.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15
Our offering is our whole life, fully yielded to His will for us.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
Now the key to all of this is to know that God, Who needs nothing, doesn’t need our praise. He’s got the highest possible praise at the greatest dimension of glory surrounding Him all the time [see Revelation 4-5].
In offering Him our whole life we sacrifice our self, our minimal understanding of what true glory is in order for God to give us the fullness of Himself the full measure of which is beyond our comprehension and more than enough to fulfill us a thousand times over and then some. We can never exhaust it all.
What we sacrifice now in order to worship Him with our whole heart pales miserably by comparison to what He has given and has sacrificed for us now and for all eternity.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power; which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come…” Ephesians 1:17-21
Now, because of His great love for us our eyes are being opened to the immeasurable riches of His glory. And we are being made partakers of that glory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
The promises of God, the Scriptures are given to us in order to make us partakers of God’s divine nature! WOW! Let me say it again.
The promises of God, the Scriptures are given to us in order to make us partakers of God’s divine nature! WOW!
And double WOW! WOW!
Think of it. The more the Scriptures are put into our hearts the more like the divine nature of God we become.
This is why we worship and make ourselves living sacrifices of praise, so we can become like our Father, God, Almighty, like Jesus, Who is called Wonderful Counselor, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,