To God Be The Glory!
“How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Psalm 84:1-12
Serving the Lord is a commandment. [Psalm 100:1-2]. And we should do it. But we should do it with joy and great passion because it is right and good and wise to do so, if for no other reason than God is worthy of our praise. He is our Creator and the lover of our souls. By His great mercy and compassion while we were yet sinners He sent Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son, our dear Lord and Savior, to die for us, to redeem us from death, hell and the grave. But when we worship Him, it is also for our benefit that we love Him, because, even though we can add nothing to His greatness and glory, in worshiping Him with all our heart, He adds to us His strength and power, His life, health and peace.
Our praises of Him, in the good times and in the times of need brings His presence to bear in our situations so that they are changed because He inhabits our praises. Have you ever noticed how much inner peace, how much power and affirming strength you feel physically, mentally and spiritually when you’re in a place where you and all the people are worshipping God with everything in them, with grand abandon and with no other consideration than expressing love, admiration, thanksgiving and joy in and to the Lord? Whether in a place of overwhelming quiet and peace or shouting to the top of the mountains, in worship, God’s presence brings life and the riches of His glory to lift us up and restore our brokenness, strengthen or weaknesses, heal our bodies and minister to our needs so that we live as He intended us to live, in perfect peace, joy, love, health and righteousness all the days of our lives.
The Psalmist is expressing that kind of joyful admiration and love to God for the magnificence of His glory. In His tabernacles, in His courts, in the places of His dwelling even here on earth, wherever souls gather together in His name, there is a tangible awareness of His presence. Even t
he birds and all living creatures find in His creation a place of rest and advancement of life.
He says, “my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God…” He cries out with desperation, because he knows there is no peace, no fulfilment, no life to be found anywhere else. Only in the courts of the LORD, in His tabernacles, in the places where He abides is there suitable dwelling for him. Blessed are those that dwell in the places where the Lord abides, in the presence of His glory.
When we worship Him, singing songs, hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in our hearts, declaring His goodness and great works, when we express our earnest love and thanksgiving to Him, wherever we are, that place becomes a tabernacle where His Spirit dwells with us. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, freedom from all oppression and every machination of sin that would attempt to impose darkness over us, but the darkness is no match for the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ that shines in our hearts.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
It is the light of God’s glory that shines in our hearts, and out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths speak praise, worship adoration and thanksgiving to Him.
To God be the glory great things He has done. To God be glory, great things He is doing. To God be the glory, great things He will do. Now and forever, AMEN.