“I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
In setting up what God has laid on my heart, there are several other passages I am including that He brought to mind before giving me what I have written below. As you read through them, I pray He will use them to prepare your heart for what He desires to show you today, as He used them to prepare mine.
“‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD,
‘and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the LORD,
and besides me there is no savior.’”
“For my name’s sake I defer my anger,
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.”
“For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the LORD your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.”
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.”
It is for His glory. All of it. None of it is ultimately about us. Yes, the Lord loves us greatly and purely and more powerfully than we can know. Yes, He saves us, and the act of making a way for us came at great cost to Him. But the core, the foundation of it all is not us – it is Him.
His astounding grace, power, righteousness, justice, love – which all points to Him, not to us.
God’s salvation of us shows that He is worthy, not us. That is why Revelation 5 focuses on praise of Jesus our Lord. His glory is magnified. That is what it all points to. God’s salvation of us, His refining and perfecting of us, His making us beautiful, His creation and calling of us – it is all, ultimately, for His glory and praise.
Our God is good, and He is love, and He is strength and hope for the weak. He mends the brokenhearted and captures each tear in a bottle. He draws us to Himself and reveals the truth of who He is for us. He is compassionate and merciful. He is powerful and nothing is impossible for Him. And all of this, every moment, highlights the glory of our God, to the praise of His glorious grace.
So may our praise resound this morning, captivated by the wonder and glory of our God, allowing His Spirit to fill our hearts with all the fullness of God as we fall before His feet in worship. Rejoicing that it is all for His name’s sake, because He is glorious, magnificent, and worthy of all praise.
“And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals. And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain…And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
‘Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.’
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’ And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’ And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped.’” Revelation 5:5-14