To God’s Name Be the Glory

This meditation is based on a passage for May 10, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 115

Reflection and Question: The natural movement of this lovely poem of faithful praise is an answer to the question posed at the start, “Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’” After contrasting the living God with the idols crafted by human hands, the psalmist lifts up the God of Israel who is “their help and their God.” Then the image of God expands further to the One “who made heaven and earth.” Speaking for all human beings to whom God has given the world, the singer concludes, “We will bless God from this time on and forevermore.” In what ways is God your help and shield?

Prayer: Not to us, O God, not to us, but to Your name give glory,
For the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness.
The dead do not praise God, nor do any that go down into silence.
But we will bless God from this time on and forevermore. Praise God! Amen.