To God Be the Glory

Steve Petroelje

READ : Psalm 96

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. (v. 8)

When we begin to understand God’s glory and what he has done for us, we should respond by worshiping him. The psalmist makes it clear that God is worthy of praise. Families of nations and elements of nature praise and worship the creator, sustainer, and righteous judge.

In the book of Revelation the apostle John encounters the risen and glorified Christ and falls at his feet as if dead (Revelation 1:17). The apostle Paul declared that those who believe in Jesus will marvel at him upon his second coming (2 Thessalonians 1:10).

Worship is not primarily something tailored to meet our needs or bring us comfort. Joyful worship that acknowledges God’s holiness and celebrates his grace will lift our hearts. However, worship must be directed toward God. He is the one who is worshiped. When worship becomes a matter of pleasing the worshipers, then our adoration becomes entertainment and our focus is placed on ourselves.

The next time we go to church or worship God in the quietness of our heart, will our primary focus be “what can I bring to God in adoration and praise?” or will it be “what’s in it for me?”


Lord of splendor and majesty, may the worship that comes out of my heart be forever centered on you. Amen.