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If God's Not Exalted In Your Midst, Then You Will Be
It's so important that we constantly exalt and magnify God in our midst. If we stop for one second, we will find that we will slowly drift into the exaltation of another man or ourselves. This is a trick of the devil that we must at all times be fully aware of. Let's not be ignorant of his devices - lest he gain an advantage over us. This message is intended to pull all of us back to a rightful perspective where God and God alone is exalted.
In Daniel 4:3, we read the powerful words of King Nebuchadnezzar concerning our God - "How great are His signs! and how mighty are His wonders!..." He spoke these words after his seven-year period of abject humiliation. He made the mistake of exalting himself and found out very quickly that the Lord God and He alone is to be exalted. Now after experiencing being brought very low, we find him admiring God's doings and having an exalted view of His supremacy.
"How great are His signs!" - They are great, very great, exceeding great. In fact, they are so great that words cannot fully describe how great they are. They are wonderful beyond description.
As for His "wonders" or miraculous interferences, they are "mighty." They surpass all human power.
Is it any wonder that the Scriptures equate God with the word - "exaltation"? They go hand in hand.
Nehemiah 9:5 says - "Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise."
Psalm 21:13 says - "Be Thou exalted, LORD, in Thine own strength..."
Psalm 46:10 says - "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 47:9 says - "...He is greatly exalted."
Psalm 57:5 & 11 say - "Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens..."
Psalm 97:9 says - "...Thou art exalted far above all gods."
Isaiah 2:11 says - "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day."
Isaiah 5:16 says - "But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment..."
Isaiah 12:4 says - "And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted."
It's the business of every Christian to exalt the name of God. However, their best performance in praising His name - combined with that of the angels - always falls infinitely short of what it rightfully deserves. It is "exalted above" our blessing. In fact, it is "exalted above all blessing and praise."
It should be the ultimate and chief desire of all created beings to see God "exalt His strength" - display His power - so as to triumph over all His enemies and reign supreme. May He be exalted as He ought to be. May He maintain His loftiness by His almighty power.
He is "greatly exalted" by means of His nature, power, character, and glory. As the King of kings and Lord of lords, He is above all leaders or rulers. He is "exalted far above all gods."
Since all things are under His hand, it should be the prayer of every saint of God that He would "be...exalted...above the heavens..." - to the highest degree possible. Their minds should be intently fixed on the sentiment that He would be magnified and His name be glorified or regarded as supreme over all things. It's their duty to cause His Holy Name to be remembered - "...make mention that His name is exalted." It's worthy to be exalted in their hearts and on their lips. They feel obliged to make it more renowned and prominent. The crowning aim and desire of their lives is simply that He would show Himself to be God.
"...I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth" - God will be exalted all over the world. Oftentimes, the way this happens is when He is "exalted in judgment" - by the execution of His just judgment in punishing the guilty.
In the final day, we will all come to realize that - "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day" - when all opposing rulers and powers will be put down and He alone left to reign over all.
Which among us would not gladly and openly attest of the Lord - "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all"(1 Chronicles 29:11-12)?
His splendor and magnificence is immense and incomprehensible. Everything else is little in comparison to Him. His almighty power is irresistible. His excellent honor is the end of the whole creation. His superiority to all beings is incontestable. His terrible majesty is inconceivable and inexpressible. As the rightful owner and possessor of all, He exercises sovereign dominion over all.
"...Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?"(Daniel 4:34-35)
"...He hath done marvelous things: His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory"(Psalm 98:1).
"...with God is terrible majesty"(Job 37:22).
"The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty"(Psalm 29:4).
"...O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honour and majesty"(Psalm 104:1).
"Who being the brightness of His(God's) glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high"(Hebrews 1:3).
"The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: He sitteth between the cherubim; let the earth be moved"(Psalm 99:1).
"Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations"(Psalm 145:13).
"...For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen"(Matthew 6:13).
"Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen"(1 Timothy 6:16).
"To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen"(Jude 25).
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created"(Revelation 4:11).
"...Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing"(Revelation 5:12).
"...Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 7:12).
After reading through just these Scriptures alone, it is rather obvious that there is only One Who deserves to be "exalted." He and He alone is "exalted far above all..."
However, if you refuse or even neglect to "exalt" Him, then guess who the devil will have you exalting?
You or someone else.
Don't be deceived.
And be sure to watch out for any false humility which appears to be exalting the Lord but in all actuality is exalting self.
As a Christian, it is your duty to - "...make mention that His name is exalted." In other words, you should be making the Lord Jesus' name more famous, notable, and outstanding than any other. Are you?
Whose name are you looking to be "exalted" today - yours or His?
May God Bless His Word.