Wednesday’s Word

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering and come into his courts (Psalm 96:8).
The word translated “Give” may also be translated “ascribe” and the word translated “glory” is defined: weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness: glory, honor. We are to render unto God the glory and honor which is worthy of God.
Think of the honor we give to our parents, teachers, supervisors, entertainers, athletes, rulers and many others. Why do we offer this honor to such individuals? Why do we show honor to our parents? Why do we show honor to our leaders? Why do we speak to our parents differently than we do our peers? Why do we act toward our supervisors differently than we do our peers? Why do we think differently of our rulers than we do our peers? The common answer is: they are worthy of a certain degree of respect and honor.
The glory and honor desired of God is the glory and honor deserved of God and it is the glory and honor that comes from our hearts. When we hold true glory and honor for God, it will manifest itself in our hearts, souls and lives. When true glory and honor for God is in our hearts, certain things will not be in our hearts. The question, Do I have to attend, will not be in my heart. The question, Do I have to forgive, will not be in my heart. The question, Do I have to love, will not be in my heart. The question, How much do I have to give, will not be in my heart. The question, How much do I have to study the word of God, will not be in my heart.
God, through Malachi, condemned Israel because they offered unto Him that which would not be accepted by their rulers. God has not changed. Let us give glory and honor unto God in our daily lives so that we may offer glory and honor unto God in our worship. God is worthy.