Jill Jarrell Newsome
Lord, Be Glorified
When I was a little girl I had (and still do) a lot of nightmares. I would wake up so afraid and try to call for my mom. Sometimes no noise would come out at first. Any time I called Mom, she would come. She would lay down beside me and just knowing she was there I knew I was ok. Everything would be alright because my Mom would protect me. I would sleep peacefully the rest of the night. That meant so much to me that I did that for my girls. I never wanted them to be scared.
I still have nightmares and I still wake up scared. In the dark everything is so much worse. I have been known to wake up Mike but most of the time I know what to do and it is not much different than when I was a little girl. I wake up and I call out for help. I call out to Jesus. Immediately, I feel His presence with me. I know I am not alone and I know everything is going to be ok. He is my Protector! His perfect peace washes over and I fall back to sleep. Philippians 4: 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I was talking with a friend at work about all the things going on in the world and how it can get you down. He said he had a nightmare recently that woke him up. He was feeling anxious. Then he began to sing the simple song by Bob Kilpatrick. “In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In my life, Lord, be glorified today. In my song, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In my song, Lord, be glorified today. In Your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your church, Lord, be glorified today.” He said immediately God’s peace covered him. Why are we surprised?
Psalm 115: 1-9, “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. All you Israelites, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield.”
If we want to glorify God, we must let our words and actions glorify Him. No matter the circumstances - that is the hard part. Matthew 5: 15, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Letting our light shines means we are bringing honor to God through what we say, what we do, how we act, how we think and how we treat others. We cannot glorify God without a heart of gratitude. We want to glorify Him because of all of the wonderful ways He takes care and blesses us. Our purpose is to glorify God. Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Psalm 29: 2, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” I read that when we glorify God we are being His public relations team.
When we praise God, we spread his fame. David said in Psalm 96: 12, “Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Mostly, we bring glory to God when we love one another. John 13: 35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
"In my life, Lord, be glorified!"