|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Gloria in excelsis Deo is Latin for, Glory to God in the highest from Luke 2:9-14 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.'"
Lord (kurios from kuros = might or power) Kurios means supreme power with authority with legitimacy. It is a word that expresses an authority that is valid, lawful, and legitimate. And kurios is used here. Jesus is legitimately, validly Lord. He is Lord lawfully. He is Lord legally. He is Lord by virtue of nature who He is. So the root idea of kurios is legitimate sovereignty, legitimate authority. The ultimate legitimate authority in the universe is God. The writers of the New Testament use kurios all the time. It has become, in the Greek language, of course, the name for God. So when it says Jesus is Lord, when it says you must confess Jesus as Lord, you are confessing Him as God with all that that implies. That implies authority. That implies sovereignty.”
We may not have been there with the shepherds that night when the angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest," but today we can join David in Psalm 29:1-2 as he proclaims, Give honor to the Lord, you angels; give honor to the Lord for his glory and strength. Give honor to the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. In this psalm, he calls on the angels and all God’s people to join him in ascribing honor and glory to the Lord for his strength, his glory, and his holiness. “Give God the credit for the great things he does! Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness!” he urges us. David knew that the greatest thing in all our lives is to worship God. That’s what we were created to do. When we give honor to God, he blesses us and lights our path. When we look at his glory and holiness, he gives us his perspective, and everything else pales in comparison. But when our busyness pushes worship aside and our focus gets off of God and onto the things of this world or ourselves, we lose our way. Darkness and emptiness begin to envelope us. Do you want the joy of knowing God and experiencing his love? Take a few minutes to read Psalm 29 aloud and join with the angels in heaven as we worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness!
Lord Jesus, forgive me for getting wrapped up in myself and my tasks and forgetting to give You credit for all You are doing and have done in my life and in the world around me. Create in me a heart of worship. This day I give honor to You and worship You for the glory of Your name, for Your amazing strength and might, for the splendor of Your holiness! I join the angels who sang on the night You were born, "Glory to God in the highest!" In Your precious name I pray, amen.
Look In—as you meditate on Psalm 29:1-2 …pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Psalm 29:1-2 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
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