“For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.” (Psalm 44:3 NKJV)
From a human perspective it is difficult for us to understand that God is the source of all life. Why? Because the world elevates many self-made individuals. Many of these people bask in the glory that is given to them by the world.
The verse in Psalms shows believers that we are not self-sufficient people who can claim any of our successes as being of our own making without help from above. When the Israelites took possession of the Promised Land, the Lord made it perfectly clear that it did not come by their own doing but only through Him.
The possession of the land was brought about by the right hand of the Lord, his arm, and the light of his countenance. He favored them! Therefore, all glory should go only to God.
This principle is proclaimed throughout Scripture. The blessing of the Lord is responsible for what we have. It is the Lord who has given wealthy people the power to gain such wealth. In fact, we are warned not to forget the Lord when things seem to be going well. It is only by the Lord’s provision that any of us can enjoy life in this world.
If the Lord blesses us in our endeavors for him, we must always give any and all glory to him, not us. We should be playing to one audience only—God. For myself, the only words I want to hear someday are, “Well done, faithful servant. Now enter into the joy of your Lord.”
Today, ask yourself:
Am I giving God all the glory for any accomplishment achieved in my life and acknowledging that it is by his provision and favor I have been able to experience it?