Recently, Adam Weber, pastor of Embrace Church (a United Methodist Church) posted a prayer on Twitter that has stuck with me …
Lord, please use us to make your name great. #thefamousOne
— adamweber (@adamweber) December 6, 2013
This prayer, and this attitude, is essential for staying humble and hungry. Focusing on God’s greatness keeps us humble. God’s greatness keeps us wanting to know God better. You can see this attitude in John the Baptist, who said, “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3.30, CEB).
The desire to make God’s name great also keeps us from building our own little kingdoms. If we stay focused on glorifying God, we will be less likely to seek glory for ourselves!
Interestingly, the phrase “The Lord is great!” appears eight times in the Psalms (in the Common English Bible). Of those occurrences, the phrase, “the Lord is great and so worthy of praise!” appears three times (Psalm 48.1, Psalm 96,4, and Psalm 145.3). The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!
If we know that the Lord is great, we are much more likely to trust him in every situation and to know that nothing is impossible with God. We are more likely to takes risks, to obey God, and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are more likely to live a life worthy of God’s call. No wonder the psalmist said, “Magnify the Lord with me! Together let us lift his name up high!” (Psalm 34.3, CEB).
How does God’s greatness inspire you to live for God?