When God Exalts Himself
8Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah —Psalm 46:8-11
We’ve been saying that God’s agenda centers on exalting Jesus Christ.
But someone says, “Wait. Jesus is God.”
“So if God’s agenda is to exalt Himself, isn’t that sort of arrogant? Maybe even self-centered? I mean, we’re not allowed to do that.”
Right, we’re wrong if we exalt ourselves. But many people have a hard time not thinking that it’s just a little arrogant for God to be all about exalting Himself. I’ve thought that. You might be thinking it right now. But here’s the problem. This is where we’re trying to use our goofy little minds to try to understand God. And God says, “You can’t fully understand Me.”
Now, the biblical principle can be illustrated this way. If I were to say, “I am the most exalted man that has ever lived,” what’s wrong with that? Well, first of all, if I meant it, the statement is very prideful. Second, and most wrong, the statement is a lie. Ask anyone who knows me. See? What makes it sinful is that it isn’t even remotely true.
When God says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth,” is He lying? When God declares, “I’m the greatest,” is He lying? No. There’s no one else even in His category! The amazing thing is that He would even condescend to use human language to talk to us. He made the universe. Why would He even talk to us? That’s the amazing thing. We have to understand the universal principle is not, don’t exalt yourself. The universal principle is, don’t exalt anything that is not worthy of exaltation.
What is uniquely worthy of exaltation? Only God. Not you, not me, not the work of our hands certainly. Only God and the work of His hands is worthy of exaltation. So there’s nothing wicked or unrighteous about God exalting Himself. He’s simply declaring the truth about Himself. In fact, it would be unrighteous for God to exalt us. That would be a lie. We are not worthy of exaltation. Only God is. So God’s agenda for the exaltation of Christ is a righteous one. And we should give ourselves to joining Him in that exaltation! —James MacDonald
· What are some of the ways in which I have exalted Christ this past week?
· How can I give exalting Christ the same place on my agenda that it has on God’s?
Prayer - Heavenly Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart repeatedly exalt Your Son Jesus today. Allow me to exalt Him in spirit and truth as I am still before You and think about all You did through Him in providing salvation and life to me. Allow the weight of those truths to saturate my heart, soul, and mind. And may the way I use my strength today be an exaltation of You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.