1Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
Not unto Us
In Psalm 115, the Psalmist asks the question, "Wherefore should the heathen say, 'Where is now their God?'"
As I pondered that question, I wondered if our testimony before the Lord is such that the unsaved around us would even ask such a question. Do they even know the importance God holds in our lives? Are we even concerned that God's name be glorified in our lives?
Unfortunately, we seem to lead such busy lives that it is hard to spend time each day in Bible reading and prayer. Yet, in truth, the busier we are, the more important it is that we seek God's help and leading in all of the events of each day.
As Christian teens are we as concerned as the Psalmist that God's name is glorified above our own names? Or, are we so used to God's name being abused in our culture that we do not even flinch when we hear people use the name of God or Jesus as a curse word? How precious is the name of the Lord Jesus to us?
In the United States, we supposedly live in a Christian nation, and yet the name of Christ is promptly being removed from public offices and schools across our land. As teens in public school, you can pray to any god except the one true God. How has this happened?
As a person growing up in the 50's and 60's, I never thought our country would so quickly remove itself from God, and yet it has. In looking back over our lives, how important has God been to us? Have we been so involved in amassing wealth or making a name for ourselves that we have just tossed God in a corner? Does He exist just for those times we are in dire need?
My generation has not left a very good legacy for you, as to todays teens, to carry on. What will your generation do with Christ. As Christians, what kind of future will your children and grandchildren see? Of course, you are not thinking too much right now about the next generations, but what difference will you make in your own generation. If you live in America, will you still have freedom of speech in ten or twenty years?
By the grace of God, it is time that we shake off our apathy toward God and give Him the place and honor He deserves. It is time we stand up for the name of Christ. Truly, nothing else will matter to us on the day we stand before Christ our King and give an account of the way in which we lived.
As Christian teens, let us join the Psalmist and proclaim, "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."
God Bless You,