What has God exalted? (Psalm 138:2)

Psalm 138:2 – I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
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This verse catches my attention for the things that it says God has most highly exalted. If we want to know what are the most important things in the whole world, we need to know what God has most highly exalted. Whatever God says is most important, we should say is most important. Whatever God sets up as central to life, we should honor as most important.

In this verse, the Bible tells us that God has set above all things his name and his word. Beginning with his name, we see that God is jealous for the glory of his name. God created us for his glory. He works in us for his glory. God does all things that God does for the glory of his name. All events in human history will ultimately be for the glory of God. They will either display his justice or his mercy, his sovereignty, his patience, his kindness, or some other facet of who God is. All things will be for him. Thus, if we are to honor God properly, we will live our lives, above all else, for the glory and majesty of our God.

God has also set apart and exalted his word. The words of God are his commands, his promises, his communication to us. We now have his word in the Bible. Let us exalt God by being faithful to his word. If God has set his word above all things, we too should make his word the ultimate standard for all that we live, say, and do.

Today, ask yourself if your life is focused on the glory of God and on the word of God. Are you living to honor your Lord in every choice you make? Are you ordering your steps so as to bring the most honor to his name? Are you trusting his word? Are you reading his word and following it as something God counts as sacred? Today, learn to give yourself to the honor and glory of God’s name and God’s word.

Dear Lord, I thank you for who you are. I praise you, for your name is truly glorious. There is none like you. There is none who is as glorious as you. I honor you, for you are most to be honored. And I thank you for your word. Thank you for every bit of communication that you have sent to me. I pray that I will love your Bible. I pray that I will read it, and hear you speak to me through it. Let me never dishonor your name or your word.

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