Glorify Thy Name
…And whatever the future brings, glorify thy name.
‘When life gets hard, Jesus holds you up’ and ‘God loves you’ are two phrases that I think rule Christianity today. I’m not going to say they are wrong. I am not going to speak against them. I do however want to challenge the way they're often used.
This line from the old hymn 'Father, Let Me Dedicate' expresses the duty that followers of Jesus have. The duty to glorify Him whatever happens. Life is one that openly wacks people in the face as we plod along the journey of life. We may hate school, or college or work. Things may be unfair in these environments: bullying or workload or annoying little people who never go away. Life seems to always be more difficult than one would expect it to be. Our sense of fulfilment is often placed in the hands of ‘our right’ to a long and happy life. The emphasis in this song, however, seems to lie in the last three words... "glorify thy name". As we skip and dodge the excitement that life throws at us, we have a duty of love and adoration, to lift the name of Christ to the highest place, giving Him glory.
"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power."
Jesus came and radiated the glory of His Father, revealing the Father’s nature to humanity and bringing relationship between creatures and their creator.
The Gospel is just that. God provided humanity with a way back into relationship; and in His steps, actions and words, Jesus radiated this glory that the Father placed upon Christ’s name. In Jesus we saw God’s glory and He called humanity His friends.
No man can enter relationship with God without the initiation of the Father, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. And it’s this Spirit which sustains believers.
The Spirit calls us to worship and bring Glory to the name of the saviour, whose power is the backbone of our Universe. This is the God that Christ was and is: the Sustainer of the Universe, upholding it with the Word of His power.
We know God through the man that Jesus was. He was the introducer and He shines forth with the glory of God.
This is the Almighty, whom we worship. Our duty as believers is to glorify this name above everything that swamps us. The happiness we expected from the life we hoped for is nothing compared to the joy that comes from a servant heart giving glory to Jesus’ powerful name, whatever the future may bring. Let’s spend today glorifying and sitting in awe of the mighty God whom we serve. May we become people that glorify Him first and let everything else sit under that command.