God's Rivals

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
— Psalm 29:2 ESV


Charles H. Spurgeon writes,

And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace?

Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest?

Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto Him the honor that is due unto His name.

Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence—"Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory." It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us . . .

Just one question: What does it mean for you to give God glory today where you live, work, or play?

"And what have we . . . " from Devotional Classics by Charles H. Spurgeon, Sovereign Grace Publishers. 1990.