Sunday, July 24, 2016

Psalms 115:1 (KJV) Pay Particular Attention

Psalms 115:1 (KJV)
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
One of the ways a subject is emphasized in Jewish literature and especially in the Bible is through repetition. When the Bible speaks, listen. When the Bible repeats itself, pay particular attention.
Not once but twice the verse deflects glory from man to the Lord. It is worth our noting that man is quick to accept glory.
  • We like our names to be spoken. 
  • We enjoy the notice of the crowd. 
Even when we say we want God to get all the glory we wouldn’t mind at least getting an “honorable mention.” We love the limelight, celebrity status, sound of applause for our efforts.
And so the Psalmist, in prayer form, asks God to help us. He asks God to take the glory and, not once but twice asks that any glory be removed from our names.
It’s so important it’s repeated. As badly as we want glory. As much as we accept it even when we say we don’t want it. Glory belongs to the Lord alone.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”
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Psalms 115:1 (KJV) Pay Particular Attention

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