Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth’s sake. On what basis should the heathen say, where now is their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
Beware when everyone speaks well of you, but especially when you begin to take them seriously. The Psalmist said that all glory is to go to the name of the Lord and not unto us. Worship is to be to God and God alone.
When Paul and Barnabas were at Lystra they prayed for a man who had been lame from birth. Paul perceived that the man had the faith to be healed so he said with a loud voice, “Stand up on your feet.” The man leaped to his feet, healed of his affliction. After the miracle the people called Barnabas, Jupiter and Paul they called Mercury. They also would have worshiped them had Paul not forbade them to do so. Paul told them in Acts 14:15, “Sirs, why do you do these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that you should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.”
We must not receive worship and we must not worship anyone or anything but God.
There are times when trials come our way and people say, “Where is your God when you need Him?” The Psalmist asked on what basis do they ask their foolish questions. Our God is in heaven and He is doing His will at all times. Psalm 135:6 says, “Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” And Isaiah 46:10 says, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
Never question that God is in charge even if it seems that all around you everything is spinning out of control. He is in His heaven. He is still seated on His throne. His counsel shall stand and all things are working exactly as He wills. Never doubt that—just believe. Amen, amen and amen.