"So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name."
Lord Jesus, as I read this chapter, I see You. You are the One who speaks righteousness, mighty to save. It is Your day of vengeance and year of redemption. Like Isaiah, I recount Your steadfast love, goodness, and compassion. Surely, You are my Savior. However, I must include myself in those who rebelled, who grieved Your Spirit. Thank You for remembering the days of old when You brought Your children out and placed Your Spirit in their midst.
I know You have done all this to make for Yourself an everlasting, glorious name. I am the beneficiary of Your salvation. But all Your activity is to prove Yourself holy. You alone are worthy of Your everlasting, splendid, glorious name. The Name at which every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess is LORD, Lord of all.
There are many songs with which I worship Jesus, but this has been my favorite for some time.
What A Beautiful Name
"I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children."
This passage reminds me of 1 Corinthians 1:19-30. In this lengthy passage, after saying God will destroy the wisdom of the wise, Paul compares the wisdom of the world to the wisdom of God. He makes the point that God's foolishness is wiser than mankind's wisdom. Since the world's wisdom has not led it to know God, how wise can it be? Instead, God uses the foolish to shame the wise, while reminding us of God's calling those who are not wise by worldly standards. He also says not many of us are powerful or noble, but instead, He chose the lowly and despised. God has placed those who are foolish, weak, lowly and despised in Christ Jesus, who is our wisdom from God.
Jesus, in Matthew 11, thanks the Father for revealing His wisdom to little children based solely upon His will. Then Jesus says no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. The inference is He reveals the Father to these little children, who are foolish, weak, lowly, and despised by the world.
Since I exert so much effort to appear wise, strong and noble, definitely not lowly or despised, is Jesus' next statement for me? "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light".
Lord Jesus, forgive me for desiring to appear proper by the world's standards. Thank You for being my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Why would I ever want to boast of foolish, weak, lowly and despised Roy when I can boast of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?