Summary: We serve a God who does as He pleases
God who does what He pleases.
1. God alone is to be glorified (115:1-3).
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth [or, faithfulness]. Why should the nations say, ‘Where, now, is their God?’ But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. ” Four lessons:
A. BE CAREFUL NOT TO TAKE ANY OF GOD’S GLORY FOR YOURSELF.
The repetition, “Not to us, not to us” shows the probability that we all have for taking some of God’s glory for ourselves. In Isaiah 42:8, the Lord says, “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another, nor My praise to graven images.” In Isaiah 48:11, He repeats, “For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; for how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.” But in spite of these clear declarations, we’re all prone to take at least some of God’s glory for ourselves.
The most common error with regard to salvation is that it is on the basis of our good works.
Go up to anyone on the street and ask, “If you were to die and stand before God and He asked, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ what would you say?”
You will most likely hear, “I’m a basically good person,” or some similar answer.
Even among those that profess to know Christ as Savior, there is a strong tendency to take at least some of the credit for salvation
When we try to take credit for our salvation, when we think any good deed that we do will help earn our way to heaven, we just the same as spit in Jesus' face. He alone, is responsible for our salvation. Nothing we do, or have done makes us worthy of salvation, only the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Even after God has saved us, we’re still prone to take credit for things that are due completely to His grace.
The Corinthians were boasting in their spiritual gifts. Paul asks them (1 Cor. 4:7), “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” All that we have spiritually is because God was gracious to us. We were dead in our sins, children of wrath, when He graciously raised us up to new life (Eph. 2:1-5). All the glory should go to Him.
If you come accross a religion which magnifies man, flee from it as far as you can….
Here is a test for you to compare it, and by it you may tell whether a thing is true or not. Does it glorify God?
Then, accept it. If it does not, if it glorifies man—puts human will, human ability, human merit, into the place of the mercy and the grace of God—
The bible tells us that all things come from God, they exist by His power, and are intended for His glory.
B. WHEN WE PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS, WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL NOT TO TARNISH THE IMAGE OF GOD.
The application is, we should never do anything that would give unbelievers a basis for taunting, “Where, now, is their God?”