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Declaring God’s Glory

Psalm 96:3

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. NIV84

profileAnother (two in a row) winning seasons was just completed by my favorite baseball team – the Baltimore Orioles (after 14 losing seasons in a row that is something to be happy about for sure).  Along with the team doing very well some of the players had great seasons too.  Our first baseman had a marvelous year indeed with 53 homers (most in team history and led MLB in 2013) – 138 RBIs (led MLB in 2013) – 42 doubles – 370 total bases (most in team history) – 96 extra base hits (led MLB in 2013) and 103 runs scored.  He became only the third player in MLB history to have at least 50 homers and 40 doubles – joining Babe Ruth and Albert Belle.  He also played gold glove quality 1st base and may indeed get that gold glove this year.  He had a marvelous season indeed.  It was exciting to watch or listen to almost every game this year – waiting for him to do something special – once again.  I do not hesitate to let others know how excited I am to follow the Baltimore Orioles and players like Chris Davis.

It is with excitement and pride that I mention that Chris Davis is a strong Christian.  He had a marvelous baseball season – but more important to him (I’ve read articles where he expresses his faith – I do not know him personally) is his faith in Jesus Christ.  I wonder if we had just played such a wonderful season – whether we would be more filled with ourselves – but Chris is grounded in his faith and expresses his faith every opportunity he gets.  He declares God’s glory every chance he gets.

As quick as many of us are to express our joy and the glories of our favorite ball player – rattling off statistics and how they played a game that has no lasting benefit for eternity – I wonder why we hesitate to sing forth the glories of God in our lives (maybe not all of us but plenty of us)?

The Psalmist wrote – Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples – but we hesitate.  We hesitate because – well – why do we?  Are we afraid of what others might say?  Are we afraid of losing some friends?  Edmund Burke said – All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.  I would imagine the same could be said about godly people not standing up for God.  If we remain quiet – Satan will win the day.  We must be prepared to declare the glory of God to all within our voice.

How powerful would it be if we began to give God the glory for all that God has done and will do in our lives?   Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples the Psalmist says and I think we ought to take him up on such a challenge.  How about you?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 8, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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