Morning, August 16, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name.” — Psalm 29:2

God’s glory is the result of his nature and acts. He is glorious in his character, for there is such a supply of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that he must be glorious. The actions which flow from his character are also glorious; but while he intends that they should demonstrate to his creatures his goodness, and mercy, and justice, he is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to himself. Nor is there anything at all in ourselves in which we may glory; for who makes us different from another? And what do we have that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how carefully we ought to walk, humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is only room for one worthy of glory in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour’s life glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall a shard of pottery exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the cyclone? Give to the Lord, all you righteous, give to the Lord glory and strength; give unto him the honor that is due his name. Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence–“Not unto us, not unto us, but unto your name be glory.” It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, “I can do all things,” without adding “through Christ which strengthens me,” and before long he will have to whimper, “I can do nothing,” and lament his state in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and he is pleased to accept our works, let us lay our crown at his feet, and exclaim, “Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!”