Who gets credit?

Have you ever heard the saying “Give credit where credit is due?”  It’s a pretty basic concept.  Don’t take credit for something you didn’t do.  Have you ever done something to help someone out and that other person took the credit?  Doesn’t feel too great, does it?  Kind of makes you angry, frustrated, and even a bit bitter.  So, why would you do that to someone else?

Psalm 115:1-7

1 Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.

So, we are not to take credit, we are to give Him the glory.  Why? Because of His love and faithfulness.  Plain and simple.  It’s because of him that we experience what we experience.  We need to thank him for everything, good and bad, as the good is because he gives it to us, and the bad to help us learn from it.

2 Why do the nations say,
“Where is their God?”

I was watching some comedy videos earlier today and there was one comedian, (either Brad Stine or Tim Hawkins) that commented, in a nutshell, everyone wants God out of everything, then when a disaster hits, they want to know why God allowed it to happen.  There’s an email that’s been going around that says something to the effect of a a young kid asking God why shootings were being allowed in school, and other horrible things and God responding that He is not allowed in schools.

3 Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.

Christians know exactly where our God is; he is in heaven looking out for us, as a father would his children.  He’s allowing us to learn from the things that happen to us.  And our God does what pleases Him, not us.

4 But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.

But their, their could be the Jews, Christians, anyone.  Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.  This means that people are creating their idols.  Which is against the 2nd commandment.

5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.

They have mouths, but cannot speak, or in many cases, won’t speak.  They have eyes, but can’t see.  They can’t see the truth.

6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.

They have ears, but can’t hear, or any many cases, won’t hear.  Noses, but cannot smell.

7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk,
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

Hands, but can’t feel, or won’t feel.  Feet, but can’t walk, They don’t make a sound.

I liken all this to non-believers, or what the Living Waters ministry would call false converts.  These are people that have the ability, but don’t use it, don’t acknowledge what is right in front of their face, don’t see the sin they are committing because they believe it’s acceptable and that there is nothing wrong with it.  I challenge you to look at the law; in my house we call it God’s Top Ten. Do you abide by it? or do you create your own? Do you give credit where credit is due? Or do you take the credit for yourself?

 

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2 comments on “Who gets credit?

  1. Linda Bibb says:

    It was a rude awakening to my husband and me when we sat down recently and seriously examined where our hearts lie in light of the Big Ten. I was upset that most of our children chose to enter the work force instead of attend college, and finally realized that I had put the concept of “higher education” up on a pedestal.

    Another idol was our idea of Sunday being the sabbath day. Nowhere in the New Testament does the Lord change the Sabbath. So now, in addition to worshiping in church on Sunday we also Honor the Sabbath Day from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, as we are commanded. We take a mental vacation from our normal lives by avoiding work or shopping during that time. We’ll spend time hiking or studying the Word together, still fixing meals and showering etc., but this weekly break has made us more peaceful and the rest of our week more productive. Now we really look forward to resting in His Sabbath. After all, He created it for us.

    • tukwut says:

      You’re right, Linda. It’s amazing what we create as idols and don’t even realize it. Everyone needs to take a good look at themselves, while understanding what the Big Ten are really saying, and they would realize just how bad off we all really are, and most would want to do something about it.

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