Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 

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Psalm 73:25-26

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength [1] of my heart and my portion forever. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 73:26 Hebrew rock

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I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

Jeremiah 32:40 

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Jeremiah 32:40

40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. (ESV)

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"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10 

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John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (ESV)

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Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 24Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 4:23-24 

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Proverbs 4:23-24

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you. (ESV)

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Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 

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Proverbs 4:25-27

25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder [1] the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:26 Or Make level

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…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 

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James 1:19-20

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (ESV)

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 

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2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (ESV)

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Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

Psalm 77:13-14 

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Psalm 77:13-14

13 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples. (ESV)

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Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Psalm 118:5-8 

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Psalm 118:5-8

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man. (ESV)

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Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!

Psalm 79:9 

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Psalm 79:9

Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name's sake! (ESV)

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For God’s Glory (Psalm 79:9)

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Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! —Psalm 79:9

God’s glory is the sum total of all His infinite perfections. God, being who He is and how He is, by necessity, does all that He does for the glory of His glory. Nothing exists that is more glorious than God’s glory, more precious than God’s glory, nor more deserving of love and praise than God in all His glory. So it makes sense that since God is perfect love, God must love perfectly with perfect love that which is perfectly worthy of perfect devotion, namely God’s glory.

It took me a while to understand the necessity of those conclusions and, admittedly, it took me even longer to grasp the application that truth requires: If God honors and loves and does all He does for the furtherance of His glory, then it is His glory, not me and my need, for which God primarily acts. God is not all about me. He is all about His glory. Take that, O proud ego of mine!

But here’s the glory of it. God’s pursuit of His glory includes me; it includes my spiritual and temporal well-being; it includes my joy! God’s satisfaction in His glory expands to include us and make us pursuers of His glory with Him, so that we might share in His satisfaction in His glory.

Which brings us to Psalm 79:9. Israel has been invaded and Jerusalem is in ruins. The invading army laid waste to the citizenry. Many are dead, their bodies left unburied, food for scavengers.
Israel is the butt of international jokes. God’s anger has been poured out on His wayward, covenant-breaking, faithless people. It is at this point Asaph pours out his plea: “Help us, O God
of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!”

The psalmist does not here appeal to God’s love or to His mercy, rather to God’s glory. He appeals to that which is most precious to God and most worthy of God’s attention. He does not base his appeal on himself, his need, his country, or the need of his people. He turns to God, rightly, and pleads for God’s glory. Help us for your glory. Deliver us for your glory. Atone for our sins, for your glory. Inherent in this faithful, desperate prayer is the desire for God to make Himself known as He truly is to those who observe Israel’s plight.

It is right to pray, to intercede for ourselves and for others, but what is the best motive for our requests? God’s glory. It is good to seek the Lord and desire His presence and power in our lives, but to what end? God’s glory! We might be tempted to think that God should act on our behalf on account of His love for us. How much better for us when we arrive at the understanding that there is no greater, nobler, perfect motive for God’s action than God’s glory. When we come to desire what God desires, the earth full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, then we are ready to have our prayers for help, deliverance, and forgiveness answered.

“Our Father, who art in heaven, . . . Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” for your glory.

  • In this Fighter Verse, the psalmist gives us an example of making God’s glory the focus of his prayer. How would you make God’s glory the focus of your prayers?
  • Does the knowledge of God’s love for His glory change your motivation in loving others and doing good? How?
  • Seeing in Scripture that God acts for the sake of the glory of His name, is your joy and trust in Him increased?
Dale McIntire serves as Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church. His job includes everything from taking out the trash to leading people to salvation in Christ, preaching and cleaning toilets, marrying, burying, and hanging out in the maternity ward. Dale and his wife, Linda, live and serve in scenic Grand Marais, Minnesota.
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