Psalm 115:1

In the opening verse of Psalm 115 we have an example of a right motive in prayer. So often when we talk to God we speak so little of him and so much about ourselves. “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us…” is how Psalm 115 begins. Contrast that with how many times our prayers begin with “Lord, I…” or Lord, we…” As children of a gracious God we should begin our prayers with, “Lord, you…”

As self-centered fallen humans we all are guilty of wanting attention. And, even if we put on a front of humility, inside we still like it when our name and what we have done is glorified by others. How do we combat the pride in our hearts that crave glory? We pray like the psalmist prayed: “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”

His first realization was that God is deserving of glory. He also said that God deserved the glory not for his blessings or his benefits, but simply because of his attributes, namely, his mercy and his truthfulness. Do we glorify God because of what he gives or because of who he is? Do what praise him for what he was done for us or for what he is within himself? The answer to those question will reveal to our hearts what is our focus. Are we focused on God or us, the Creator or the creature, the Savior or the sinner? May God help us all this month, and forever, to increasingly seek to glorify God and not ourselves.