Musician: Joe Sam
Hymnist: Fanny Crosby | Lyrics
Self-glorification is huge these days.
Flattering profile pics. Sleek LinkedIn profiles. Online platforms where we publicly voice our ideas, opinions, and grievances. You and I have the tools we need to make much of, and bring glory to, ourselves.
But, hang on.
Is self-glorification healthy?
Does it even make sense?
Imagine you somehow catapulted to the very top of the human pecking order. Imagine you suddenly had more Instagram followers than Selena Gomez, more money than Jeff Bezos, more power than Donald Trump. Imagine everyone knew about you and totally adored you.
That would mean lots of bragging rights, right?
Are even the grandest human accomplishments all that impressive?
When we consider the big picture…
Aren’t we still stuck on this little speck of dust called Earth, floating through the cosmos?
Aren’t even the most famous humans infinitesimally small and short-lived?
Aren’t our greatest bragging rights puny and irrelevant when compared to the one who created it all?
I’m reminded of this passage in Job:
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? | Job 38:4-7
God deserves the glory, the focus, the praise. He is great; He has done great things.
To God be the glory.
Great things He hath done.
We can look around at this vast creation—the Sun, the stars, the Milky Way—and conclude that it’s all about us.
Or, as today’s hymn reminds us, we can realize that, at the end of the day, it’s all about Him.