Declare His Glory
“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:3-9
Declare —the word is rarely used in everyday conversation and is probably only frequently heard at airport customs desks or courtroom legal cases and only occasionally in churches.
Some synonyms for declare are: to proclaim, announce, state, reveal, air, voice, articulate, express, vent, set forth, publicize, broadcast;
So, we could say that God is calling on us to publicize and broadcast His glory. Tell it loudly, proclaim it, give voice to it and let it be heard far and wide. So, why don’t we hear of it at least as much as we hear about ungodly things; the secular, the political, the social, the populist agendas of prurient sex, violence, hatred, vitriol, anger, malice and the like?
One reason may be that we have relegated conversations about religion in general and Jesus Christ in particular from all public discourse. We’ve probably all heard it said, that you should never discuss religion and politics at dinner or family gatherings or any interaction with people where there might possibly be opposing opinions.
The motive is to avoid potential conflict and angst between one’s guests at an otherwise civil get-together intended for enjoyment among acquaintances, friends and new relations.
As reasonable as that may seem it is quite the opposite of what God calls us to do. He says declare is glory among the nations and His wonders among the peoples. We are actually commanded to talk about matters of the Scriptures whenever we gather as families or friends and strangers as we have the opportunity.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
They should be the primary bases of our personal instruction and spiritual development and the bases all instruction to our children. Therefore, we are called to talk about them all the time, seizing every opportunity we are given to instill in them and ourselves the knowledge of God.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:8-9
The reality of life is we are covered in all kinds of knowledge of this world. Very little, if anything, is required of us to be bombarded with it constantly. From the day we are born we are being exposed to the ways of the world, but we only learn the knowledge of the Lord by choosing to do so. We are helped by the Holy Spirit because God is the one working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
His will is that we be filled and overflowing with Holy Spirit, [Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 1:9] full of the knowledge of the Lord so that out of the abundance of our hearts [Luke 6:45] our mouths will speak life, healing, wholeness and all that is good.
The knowledge of God is the knowledge of His glory, and we get to declare it with great joy and abandon anywhere, everywhere and all the time to everyone we meet.
“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96:3
God, our God is good all the time!!!