By Your Grace And For Your Glory

A couple weeks ago a friend shared with us a song by Gold City Quartet titled, “By Your Grace, For Your Glory”.  You can watch a video of it here.  I know that I have worn out my wife’s patience by listening to this song over and over for about a week now.  Maybe I am autistic like she thinks.  Anyway…

There is so much truth packed into this song.  I have to admit that I cannot listen to it; as I am now, without crying.  Why?  It is simple really.  This is part of the answer to the age old question of why we are here.  Now, the first part of the answer can be found in the book of the Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

We are here for God’s pleasure.  How do we bring God pleasure?  “By His Grace, For His Glory”.  Grace is God giving to fallen man that which we do not deserve.  We need the Grace of God!  The word “glory” means glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literal or figurative, objective or subjective) and can be translated dignity, glory(-ious), honour, praise, worship.   So, we are here to bring God pleasure by ascribing worth to Him (worship).  When we do things we should do them as an act of authentic worship.  That is really something to think about.

So, how are you doing?

Angels

It will not be but a few days and the wrapping paper will be piling up on the floor.  We all have many family traditions.  We have tried to keep some old family traditions going and we have tried to start some new ones too.

It is common to hear someone speak of the angels singing at Christmas time.  Well, I am sorry to be the one who brings you bad news; but, if you find in the Bible that the angels sang I would like to know.  I do not find it anywhere.

My point is not to be a Mr. Grinch or Mr. Scrooge.  I point this out to us because I want you and I to both be persons of truth.  The truth is that it is not in the Bible.  Notice the words often quoted at Christmas time in Luke 2:10, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”  The angel said. There is no singing by said angels.  In my sanctified imagination I can hear these angelic beings singing heavenly.  However, I must be accurate when it come to the truth of Scripture.  God used angels mightily in the Scriptures to bring message, protect and a host of other things.  When it comes to singing, I just don’t find it.

This year; especially at Christmas time, let’s seek to be Biblically correct.

So, how are you doing?

Why Me?

When I was growing up there was a popular country song titled, “Why Me”.  I remember singing it at the top of my lungs many times.  It was performed by Chris Kristopherson.  I can remember hearing him sing, “Why me Lord?  What have I ever done that was worth even one of the kindnesses you have shown?”American

Well, I think I can answer that question.  If you take a walk through the Bible you will find out that we were created to bring pleasure to God.  Look at Psalm 43:7, “Even every one that is called by my name:  for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yeah I have made him.”  This means that God created you and I on purpose with a purpose in mind.  He is not some slave driving Master.  He is a loving God and He wants to spend time with us.  Imagine that.

I don’t know of any other system of beliefs like this.  It is reported that muslim men fear American men because their women are seeing that they can be treated better.  This is a choice that does not require a brain if you ask me.

Who would have thought that our Big Creator God would love to spend time with us and ultimately created us to be with Him.  This is mind blowing, really.

The sad reality is that most of us do not take the time to spend with Him.  We do not think it is important enough to set aside time with Father.  How sad.  One day it will be too late.

So, how are you doing?