Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
There’s many times much more sound theology in one Bible verse than in many Christian books. Such verses are sometimes so packed with Biblical truth that they convey God’s entire message from Genesis through Revelation. Furthermore, these verses are the standard by which we must judge theological soundness. Today we have such a verse.
It starts with a double negative: “Not to us, O LORD, not to us . . .” Some have argued, and I think rightfully so, that one of the obvious reasons the Bible is divinely inspired is because it doesn’t place man at the center. Actually, it humbles him to the dust. This is in sharp contrast to all other religions which make man’s bliss ultimately dependent upon man, giving him a definite reason to boast in himself.
The Bible is undeniably clear that man has no reason to boast in himself at all. Paul echoed the psalmist when he wrote in reference to our salvation: “. . . so that no human being might boast in the presence of God,” and, “so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 1:29, 31). God deserves all the glory, especially for our salvation.
The psalmist, and the rest of the Bible, doesn’t leave us clueless as to why God warrants all the glory: His steadfast love and faithfulness. Paul gave us some of the most helpful verses to understand this: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked . . . and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—be grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:1-5).
Not only did God save us “because of the great love with which he loved us,” but He will also be faithful to the work of His hands: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). His faithfulness in bringing all the saved ones to glory entitles Him to all the praise. Therefore, theological soundness is centered on God—His steadfast love, faithfulness, and glory.
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