Psalm 29:2

Tom Harding

"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:2).

This is the greatest desire of the believerís heart, to give unto the Lord Jesus Christ that which is His by right, decree and through the purchase of His people unto salvation (Acts 20:28); ALL THE GLORY DUE UNTO HIS NAME! Truly, He alone is worthy of all such praise and adoration (Rev. 5:12). However, this is not the case with the unbelieverís heart. His heart is so swollen with pride in his ungodly thoughts of self vainglory that he sees no reason or cause to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Notwithstanding, the believer sees every reason to honor and magnify the One who loved him and washed him from all his sin in His own blood (Rev. 1:5). All the different names given to our Lord throughout the scriptures, gives us reason to magnify and worship His name. As David said, "Holy and reverend is His name" (Psalm 111:9). Lets consider some more of His names:

Our Lord Jesus Christ is called the TRUE GOD (1 John 5:20). This verse, as well as many others plainly declares the deity of Jesus Christ. There are many false gods among pagan religions, but Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only True God. He has always been one with the Father (Jn. 1:1). He thought it not robbery to be equal with God, because He is God (Phil. 2:6). Although He was manifested in the flesh as a real man (Heb. 2:14), at the same time He said, "I and the Father are one" (Jn. 10:30). The very one who died to make effectual atonement for our sin is God Himself (Heb. 9:26).

Our Lord is also called the UNSPEAKABLE GIFT (2 Cor. 9:15). Everything connected with our salvation is a free gift of Godís grace (Rom. 8:32). Faith, salvation, repentance and justification all these are said to be gifts of God. However, the unspeakable gift is Jesus Christ Himself. God so loved His people, that He gave Jesus Christ to be the sacrifice for their sin (Heb. 2:17: 1 John 4:10).

He is also called the TRUE VINE (Jn. 15:1). Naturally, every branch that is not connected to the vine will perish. Even so spiritually, our union with Christ is vital; we only receive blessings that flow out from the True Vine, Jesus Christ. Without Him we can do nothing and receive nothing!

Christ Jesus is the WAY (John 14:6). There are many ways that appeal to the natural man to approach unto God (Proverbs 14:12). But there is only one way of salvation that is revealed in the scriptures. Jesus Christ is that Way. He does not merely show us the way by example, nor does He just teach us the way by His word. He is the only Way unto God. He must save us, redeem us and bring us to God in Himself (Eph. 1:6; 1 Peter 3:18).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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