This week’s passage will be my last one from this album. The song is called “Give Thanks,” track 11 on “Seeds of Character.” I skipped a couple of tracks on this album– one because it was too long (Psalm 1) and another because it’s not really a verse (The Only Way). They’re both very much worth listening to and learning, though, so check out that album online! Anyway, here is this week’s passage in the ESV translation:
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
My husband Mike and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Thursday. We have been really excited for this one, and invited some friends to celebrate with us yesterday. It was so fun, but we had a laaaate night and I am super tired today. Still, there is so much to be thankful for– including the very reason I am so tired!
The words are pretty straightforward, although I did have to look up one part. I can understand giving thanks, calling upon the Lord, telling others about him, singing praise, and rejoicing. We can do those things in all circumstances with help from God. But “glory in his holy name” is not something that comes up a lot. I made quick use of Bible Gateway’s study tools and found some insight from Matthew Henry’s commentary.
As I understand it now, the command to “glory” is more like a command to “find glory.” So rather than boasting about our own accomplishments we are to boast about the accomplishments of God and the goodness of his character, and receive glory because we are connected to him. And then, the commentary says, “…in glorying in him, we bring glory to him” (emphasis mine). Because all glory belongs to God.
My brain just cannot continue, so I have to stop here. I’m excited to begin a new Seeds Family Worship album next week, The Character of God. It is as we seek God and learn more about him that we give him the glory he is due and find all we need in life– growth, peace, comfort, joy, obedience and more– so I’m looking forward to meditating on verses that reveal different aspects of God’s character in the weeks to come.