“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” Psalm 115:1-3
This morning, God seems to be emphasizing to me the power He has to bring glory to His name. “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” Nothing is too hard for Him. He is able to get glory out of the most seemingly impossible places. He is able to break into the darkness and overwhelm it with His light. “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Even the gates of hell will not prevail when God is at work.
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1). This verse in Isaiah is talking about the Messiah. It’s looking forward to Jesus. But God is using it to teach me more about how He can work. He can raise up someone to bear fruit even in a landscape that looks hopeless. Everything can appear barren and apathetic towards Him, a mere stump where there was once an oak of righteousness, but suddenly He brings up one who changes it all. Because Christ in us can change everything.
Our Lord is able to bring glory to His name. In our lives. In our churches. In our cities. In this country. Across the planet. Even when we don’t see how He can possibly do it. We don’t know how anything can change. But He is at work around us. There is still hope, because our God is still great. If we trust in Him, we walk in the hope and the power of Christ. The God of Heaven has our back. Whatever He calls us to do, He calls us to accomplish in His power for the glory and praise of His name.
The nations and those around us may say, “Where is their God?”, but we know exactly where He is. He is in heaven, reigning over all, and He is dwelling in our lives, giving us the strength and courage to follow where He leads.