Glorifying God

Glorifying God

Dear CrossLife Helensvale,

This week I have continued to ponder what it means to glorify (Doxazo in Greek) God in my thinking.

Particularly as was mentioned on Sunday in the way that I elevate Jesus in my thoughts. This can happen in worship, prayer or pondering scripture or even just in silently trusting that whatever comes across my path the Lord has it under control.

Being conscious that above everything else in my life I am elevating Jesus above my present circumstance or problems.

I’m running late (Jesus is greater and has it under control), my car has broken down (Jesus is greater and has it under control), I or a family member are unwell (Jesus is greater and has it under control), our finances are not as we would like them (Jesus is greater and has it under control), I’ve been treated poorly by others (Jesus is greater and has it under control).

I’m not promoting a ‘happy go lucky’ attitude here or one that encourages us to sit on our hands when difficult circumstances occur and do nothing, but one that trusts, elevates and glorifies Jesus in the midst of these things.

I think David was thinking like this when he wrote Psalm 86:10-15:

For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

This was David glorifying God in his thinking.

This week my prayer for us is that we would do the same.

Dale Lennon
Campus Pastor Helensvale

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