“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)
The world elevates those whom it proclaims are “self-made” individuals. Many of these people bask in the glory given to them.
In reality, all of life is sourced in God. Psalm 44:3 shows believers that we are not self-sufficient people who can claim successes of our own making. The Lord makes it clear that possession of the Promised Land didn’t come from anything his people did, but from the hand of the Lord. Therefore, any glory should go only to God.
This principle is proclaimed throughout Scripture. The Lord blesses his people in various ways, and he warns us not to forget him when things seem to be going right. He reminds us that it is only by his provision that we can enjoy life in this world.
When the Lord blesses our endeavors for him, we must make sure that any glory goes to him and not to us. We should be playing to an audience of one, and that is God himself.
Frankly, the only words I want to hear someday are, “Well done, faithful servant. Now enter into the joy of your Lord.”
Today, ask yourself:
When I achieve something, do I remember to thank God for his provision and favor? Do I give glory to him alone?