Bible Ballistics: BBs #346 ‘Glory To God In The Highest’???
Yes, I know that’s a verse from the story of the coming of Jesus, but today I just want to “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”! Thank you Lord God Almighty for the wondrous rain that you have showered upon our parched ground. Why glory? Because He is worthy of our praise:
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:13b
Glory to the God of all creation for—
He created it–
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning
3 All things were made by him;
and without him
was not any thing made
that was made.
4 In him was life;
and the life
was the light of men.” John 1:1-4
God The Father, God The Son, and the Holy Spirit were one at creation, and they are one today. Just as John reminds us, “All things were made by him”, Jesus, and not only did He create “All things”, but Jesus is the sustainer of all things with God and to the glory of God!
He sustains it–
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” Hebrews 1:1-3
Our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not only created this world, but sustain it now and until the end (and yes there is an end of ‘this’ world coming—See 2 Peter 3:9-14); and it is God who is in total control. It is NOT the government or the weatherman! They can’t create rain (although some try!) or cause the sun to shine—only God can do that, and I just want to praise HIM for sending us the rain that we so desperately needed.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:10-14
Even as the angels declared on that glorious night so long ago, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”; it was God who was due the glory—not only the highest glory of all, but because He is the Most High God! He is worthy of glory, and sending His Son to bring salvation to all who will believe, is the greatest glory of all. And what about peace and good will? Well, my friends, JESUS is the good will of God toward a lost and dying race—mankind, us—because His death, burial and resurrection for our sin gives us peace with the God from whom we are estranged. And that is the only peace that really matters in this crazy world of chaos and confusion. The “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” can rule in our hearts (See Philippians 4:7). So glory is due to God—and it is to be the highest praise and glory that we are capable of offering to our God. Not just on Sunday (or whatever day of the week that you assemble for worship), but we are to praise and glorify God every day of our lives as children of God through the blood of Jesus our Lord!!!
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God….
6 For when we were yet without strength,
in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love
while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.” Romans 5:1-2, 6-8
So, today I say “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”! Glory to our God for the rain that has nourished our ground, and for the rain/reign that Jesus is to my soul! How about you? Won’t you join me today in praising God for the “rain” of life—both the ‘water’ and “The Word’! Amen and Amen!