‘Tis the season of giving. It’s tough enough to come up with a gift for the person who has everything. What do you give a God who has given you everything?
David, shepherd turned king and psalmist, wrote:
“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name.” Psalm 29:1-2a
The Hebrew word for “glory” – kabowd – can be translated abundance, honor, reverence, dignity. The word for “strength” – oz—means might or strength in a physical, material, social and political sense.
I get the honor-abundance connection. We rarely entertain, but we’re planning a family dinner this Christmas. My husband, a generous guy, has given me one word of advice: abundance. If you want to honor people, you don’t cut corners.
I need the reminder. A natural scrimper, I cut coupons. I sometimes re-gift. I buy beef tenderloin only when it’s one sale. If I’m not careful, I’ll bring this cheapskate mentality to worship. But God is a great God who deserves top-shelf treatment.
This is no light-weight, inconsequential being to be relegated to “religious” parts of life. We Christians are to give our God the respect and worship due Someone who “sits as King forever.” In all realms of life, our energies are to be directed in ways that support that which honors Him.
That, beloved, is one heck of a gift!