I come from a family of military people. My Dad was in the Army for eight years. My uncle was career military in the Army. I have several cousins and uncles who are serving or have served in the military. One thing I must say, whether in pictures or in person, there is something powerful about seeing them in uniform. It commands respect. That uniform symbolizes so much. When you see them in uniform, you know that person has given their best. They are in top physical condition. They have been trained. They are soldiers. And yet there is Someone greater who deserves these fine looking men and women in their finest military attire to bow their knees.
Psalm 29:1 "Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength."
Mighty, strong, and glorious as they may be, their victories and their accomplishments are only due to the might, grace, and strength of the Lord. Our most physically elite and battle-prepared representatives on earth cannot compare to the strength and might of the Lord. Their honor and glory should go to Him. How beautiful to see these soldiers... these warriors... bow their knees and give glory where it is truly due! If that be the case, how much more should I, weak and pitiful as I am, give God glory for all victories?
Elegant. Pure. Glowing. Clean. Beautiful. She walks down the aisle and the congregation rises to their feet. Her pure white dress shines. She is breath-taking. The virgin bride reaches the front of the sanctuary to meet her groom. The vows are said. And then it happens. The first kiss they have ever experienced. They saved it for each other. It is a stunning picture of the beauty of holiness. She saved herself for him. She was set apart for him and him alone. Radiant beauty. It captivates the whole audience. And yet their is Someone's holiness that it more pure and more beautiful. He deserves the glory and the honor and the praise.
Psalm 29:2 "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
A pure virgin bride in her cleanest, whitest, most perfect gown... even she should bow the knee and give glory where it is truly due. He is holy, and His holiness is absolutely pure, clean, perfect, sinless, set apart. It is beautiful. Oh, to see such a pure and beautiful bride in her gown bow the knee to the One who deserves the glory! How much more does He deserve all the glory from someone like me!
Weak, stained with sin, hopeless, helpless... How could I ever take the glory for victories? I am no soldier. I am no radiant bride in a pure white gown. What a tragedy, what an insult if I boast in accomplishments!
Give unto the Lord glory and worship Him in the beauty of holiness. He is the only one truly worthy.