Not for Me but for the Glory of Your Name

by Chuck Adair on July 23, 2021

Not for Me but for the Glory of Your Name

Psalm 79

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple;
    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
 They have given the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the heavens for food,
    the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
 They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was no one to bury them.
 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
    mocked and derided by those around us.

 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?
    Will your jealousy burn like fire?
 Pour out your anger on the nations
    that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
    that do not call upon your name!
 For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.

 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; 
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are brought very low.
 Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
    for your name's sake!
10  Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes!

11  Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
12  Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors
    the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13  But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Today’s Truth

Psalm 79 is a great reminder that the Lord will always deliver us on His own accord and for His own glory. It can be easy to go before the Lord with what we do and don't want, while forgetting to check our intentions. God's plan is always better. 

Discussion Questions
  1. How can God use your personal circumstance to bring glory to His name? 
  2. What are examples in Scripture in which God uses suffering to bring Himself glory?
  3. How can you pray for God to be most glorified? How can you live a life that brings glory to Him?

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