|“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield |
my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
One thing we learn from the earliest study of Scripture is that God protects the glory of His name and will not yield that glory to any other person or any other thing. That’s why it is so important to understand that the glory Jesus receives comes only because He is, in fact, God the Son. Jesus not only bears the image of God—the imago Dei—He is God. As the second person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus has all of the attributes of God, the One in Three.
Jesus declared this when He said, as recorded in John 10:30:
“I and the Father are one.”
It should come as no surprise that centuries before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Prophet Isaiah declared these words from God in Isaiah 42:8:
“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
God retains His glory. He does not yield it to another. That’s why our modern practice of making so many other things, or people, “gods” has such a destructive manifestation in our society. Nothing steals God’s glory. Not sports, nor houses, nor cars, nor family, nor—you can name whatever you wish. Nothing steals God’s glory.
So, at the beginning of this new day in this New Year, we should determine to remember that God must have the first place in our hearts and minds. He must always be preeminent. His glory cannot be shared and will not be shared.
God retains His glory. We bask in the Light of His divine Presence because He has chosen us before the foundation of the earth to belong to Himself. He sheds His mercy, grace, and love on us in great abundance. And, the reflection of His glory surrounding us directs our pathway.