Who gets the glory?

At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.” [Psalm 75:6 NIV]

I have been reading through the Psalms lately. So often I find Psalms of praise to God for victories in war. Now, I’m sure, in most cases, the Israelites took their army out to the battle field and fought hard. There were a few miraculous times, where God actually went before them and smote the enemy before the Israelites even arrived, but mostly they fought their battles the hard way.

However, what astounds me, is that even though they worked hard for their victory, risking life and limb, they attribute the victory to God. All of it. They don’t say ‘God put strength in our arms,’ or ‘God aided us in our success’. No. They simply say ‘He broke the flashing arrows, the shields and swords, the weapons of war.’ [vs 3] The victory is directly attributed to the Lord.

That leaves me wondering. In my successes and victories in life, do I attribute it all to God? Or do I want to take some of the glory for myself? I know it is easy to blame God when things aren’t working right, but when they are, we tend to hold back the recognition of His work in our lives. In pride, we can think ‘well, I did all the work.’ I pray for the humility of the Israelites. It is all because of God’s grace and love that I have success. Without Him, I can do nothing. [John 15:5]

How about you? Do you give God the glory for your successes?

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