Christmastime Day Seven
January 1, 2019
By Elaine Friedrich
Written by Mike Gilliam
Lord, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth!
1Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! – Psalm 8
During the Advent season, we spend a lot of time talking about God and His majesty. We sing carols about Him, we have special events and sermons, and we decorate to show our feelings about Him and his Son. While none of that is wrong, do we really understand and appreciate our God and what He has and continues to do — not just for us — but for the whole world?
We have a God that loves us deeply; He is there every day to help and guide us, even when we make a mistake (which we often do). Do we in turn acknowledge his majesty every day? Do we praise Him every day? Or do we focus primarily on Christmas and Easter? Are we just “holiday Christians,” even if we do go to church every Sunday?
How often do you demonstrate your Love for God – and I don’t mean preaching on the street corner – but when is the last time you said grace in a restaurant? What about acknowledging God via prayer or activity on your Facebook page? What about publicly saying a prayer for someone (even a non-Christian) at work or in your neighborhood? We have an awesome God, and we should proudly acknowledge him daily in every way possible – not just words, but deeds also. Everything we do should be to His glory – no matter what the task. Perform your job as though you are working for God, study your lessons as though you are a student of God – even enjoy your free time as though you are in God’s presence…..because you ARE!
While we can never do justice in praising God, we should worship Him without embarrassment or apology. As the Bible says in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes….”
I try to lead my life the way God would want — honoring Him in everything I do and say. Trying to be more like Him in word and deed, I have to admit that oftentimes I am not successful. But that is when God steps in and guides me back to the right path – heads me back in the right direction.
We all can be guilty of acknowledging God and celebrating His majesty when it’s convenient for us — I know I can.
So as we start the New Year, let’s commit to giving God his due every day in both words and deeds. As they say, actions speak louder than words.