O God, that You would be lifted up above the heavens in the hearts of Your people
until the whole earth knows Your glory.
The words in italics aren’t in the Hebrew, they are additions by the people who put the Voice translation together that they think will help us understand the intent of the writer, that will help us ‘get’ the purpose of the verse. I was thinking about this verse, most of the translations say something along the lines of: “be exalted O God above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”
So what’s the big deal with ‘in the hearts of your people’?
God is glorified in nature, scripture says the heavens declare the glory of the Lord and Paul says that God is revealed in His creation. He is already lifted up in these things, His glory and majesty plain for those with eyes to see. This psalm begins with a commitment to praise, to worship and sing of God’s goodness. To give glory and honour to God wherever the writer is and no matter who he is with. It makes sense that he would want that same commitment to in the hearts of all those who love God, all who are His children.
I was pondering this, isn’t that how we make Him known most effectively? When we live and act in ways that give Him glory? My verse for this week is again from Ephesians:
2 Be humble. Be gentle. Be patient. Tolerate one another in an atmosphere thick with love.
It might not seem like much when we live exuding love and joy and peace and patience and faithfulness and gentleness and kindness and goodness and self-control but those are powerful things in the world we live in. No-one has an ounce of patience just check out the bustle and pushiness of roads and queues and shops and work. No-one is joyful, I see faces dour and sad and miserable – smiles are met with a shimmer of shock. Faithfulness… integrity, honesty are too often mocked. But inside, in the heart, in the spirit those things spark a response because despite the weight of sin and depravity God has built in the need for those things, the need for Him.
When we live lives marked by our faith in Him, not necessarily in mighty works or signs and wonders but just in bearing the fruit day by day. When we live lives that show the changes He is making in us moment by moment; changes that transform us to be like Him. When we live like that He is glorified and exalted in our lives, in our hearts and we change the spiritual atmosphere where we live and walk, We alter the heavenly realms above and around us. We lift Him up and the whole earth is filled with His glory and as we lift Him up other hearts and souls are drawn to Him.