Let all that I am Glorify the Lord. Those words sound great, and they are a paraphrase right out of the bible, from Psalms 34: 1-3 Which says;
1I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
As I say they sound great, but in real life, praising the Lord always and Glorifying Him with my life isn’t always so easy. What do I mean, you say? Well, what I mean is this. If I am to Glorify God with all of me, then I have a few things about me that might need to be changed. For example, when I get cut off on the highway, the first thing out of my mouth probably shouldn’t be a four letter word. Now don’t get me wrong, God will forgive me when I slip up, and yell at that person, but if my desire is really to Glorify God, I am going to need some big time help to get to the place where I can do that. You see, when I vent, either verbally to the air in the car (if I’m alone), or to the other person in the car if I have a passenger, God is not glorified by that, and neither is the other person in the car. As a friend, that other person in the car should probably be understanding of my frustration, which is nice, but all that proves is that I am hanging on to the hurt (emotional in this case), because that person in the other car cut me off. Now, I know from experience that it is really easy to turn on that frustration and anger when I have been hurt, but it isn’t nearly as easy to turn it off once it has been fired up. And, here is where I believe I have always been wrong in my thinking about this. You see, while my experience is that anger comes on quickly, and goes away slowly, God is in the business of performing miracles, and If I will simply turn to Him at that moment of frustration or anger, he can and will help me to turn it off as fast as it was turned on. Can you imagine the joy I will experience, when I don’t have to wait for all that frustration and anger to wind down. With Christ as my Savior, I only need to turn to Him instead of relying on my own strength. Do I want to be “ok” in my own strength, or “great” in God’s strength. I think you know the answer.