Sunday, May 2, 2010

Glorifying God

There seems to be a secret opposition between our name and the name of God. When we come to pray, we should distinctly remember whose name is to be glorified, so that God may be at the end of every request. We beg of God many times, but we think of ourselves; our hearts run upon our own name, and upon our own esteem. How often we come to him with selfish aim, as if we would draw God into our own designs and purpose!

When in any action we do not seek glory to God, but ourselves, this is the quickest way to be destroyed. Nebuchadnezzar said :'Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as royal residence and fort the glory of my majesty?' (Dan. 4:30)? How did God disappoint him and turn him out among the beasts! Thus we are sure to be disappointed and blasted, when our hearts run altogether upon our own name.

Thomas Manton
Works I:85

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