Jesus told His followers that it is more blessed to give than to receive. When I was a child, I did not fully agree with Jesus. I loved to receive, I had a bit of a problem giving … or even sharing. I can remember hearing these words come out of my mouth on a number of occasions: “If you’re not going to play the way I say, I’m taking my ball and going home!” Before you judge me, I have a feeling that if you are honest, you will remember similar times in your childhood.
As children it is all about receiving. I have noticed in our family when one of our grandchildren is having a birthday and gifts are given, that their younger siblings expect that they will receive a gift as well. When they don’t get a gift their expression changes and pouting begins. We expect this behavior from children, but I would hope that we all grow out of these attitudes about giving. I know that my wife begins Christmas shopping for our family the day after Christmas. Is it because she is trying to get the best deals when things are on sale? Not necessarily. You see, my wife absolutely loves to give gifts!
Today I was reading in Psalm 29 and saw these words in the beginning of the chapter: “Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2). This is our opportunity to give something to the Lord! He is deserving of all we can give Him. But what do you give a God Who created everything? There is nothing He needs … or is there? In these verses, David is encouraging all people to give glory and strength to the Lord.
The call David makes to believers is that we will give our strength to the things God wants to see done. In David’s time this might include defeating a heathen nation. In our time it surely is defeating the satanic influences of greed, lust, disrespecting different people groups, and apathy to name a few. We need to give our strength to the defeat of these and many other improper actions that vie for our attention every day. He also says we should give God glory. Don’t take credit for what God has done in you. You are simply a vessel that needs to be yielded to His control. Any glory that comes to you should be redirected to Him!
The chapter ends with this great verse: “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11). If I will give God the strength and glory He deserves, I receive peace!