THEME: TO YOU ALONE O LORD BE GLORY GIVEN
TEXT: PSALM 115:1
Lord Jesus, we give glory to you for the 20th Anniversary of our Diocese. We thank you for all you have used for the progress of your work in the Diocese. As we celebrate today, we beseech you that everyone in the Diocese will by their lives, speech and attitude give glory not unto themselves but you alone. Let this brief exhortation minister life to each and everyone of us. In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
I felicitate and congratulate our Diocesan and Wife, The most Rev. Dr. Segun and Mrs. Juliet Okubadejo for all the achievements you have recorded in the last 20 years.
I also congratulate the clergy and their wives and all lay members starting from our chancellor on this joyous occasion of 20th Anniversary of our Diocese and appreciate you all for cooperating with the Diocesan to make the achievements happen.
Our theme, taken from Psalm 115:1 is a declaration from a heart which has seen the greatness and goodness of God. It is a declaration that tells of the greatness of God.
It is a declaration of people who have seen the greatness and mighty acts of God.
It is a declaration of a heart that has experienced the mercy of God (Mercy here is checed, good deeds kindness, mercy, pity).
It is a declaration of a heart that knows that all they have accomplished, enjoyed, are as a result of God’s truth sake (truth here refers to God keeping covenant and faithful in his Covenant with His people) God is truth, Constant, He doesn’t change.
I think David wrote this psalm, though the psalm is one of such psalm without title, telling us of its authorship. I say this because of its correlation with David’s prayer after the returning 1Chro. 16:7ffl. David recounted God’s dealing with the Israelites in their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. Psalm 114 which is a rider to this psalm did the same. It was after recounting God’s faithfull dealing with the Israelites that the psalmist declared,
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us but unto thy name we give glory for thy mercy and thy truth sake.
What is this glory? In Hebrew meaning from the text, the word is “Kabode” from root “Kabade” meaning
- To make noble
- To make weighty
- To make great
Therefore, in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, or in the bringing back of Ark to Israel of David,
Nobody is to be honoured but God
Nobody is to be promoted but God
Nobody is to be Make noble but God
Nobody is to be Make weight but God
Nobody is to be Make great but God
The splendor of nobody is to be displayed but that of God.
I think same is in the heart and the mind of the Diocesan to have chosen this text that the success, achievements of the past 20 year should not be accorded to anybody but God.
In this celebration, nobody is
to be honoured but God
To be promoted but God
To make noble but God
to be make great/noble but God
The splendor of nobody is to be displayed or seen but God.
Well, it takes the Spirit of God in the life man to do this, because everyman is a glory seeker.
Adam and Eve missed it and death came in because Satan showed them the glory they would have if they were as wise as god. (Gen. 3)
In Matthew 4 (Jesus was tempted in like manner, he was shown the glory of the world (This is a deception in itself, what glory is in the world) He was asked by Satan to bow down for him. If Jesus was seeking his own glory, he would have failed.
Many of us are failing today as Christians because we seek personal glory and not the glory of God. We have bowed down to Satan
we thought money will give us glory
We thought power will give us glory
We thought position will give us glory
So we worship Satan and do all sorts of evil to get it. After getting it we end miserably because God doesn’t share His glory Isa. 48:11
Robbing God of His glory is dangerous Nebuchadnezzar did it, he became a beast Dan. 4:33-end.
King Herod also in Acts 12:21-23 equated himself with God and he was eaten by worms and died.
People of God, let us stop in this Diocese robbing God of His glory. Whatever good, God mighty have done through us in our parishes Let us give Him the glory.
- Let us stop if not for me syndrome
- Let us stop “awa la wa wa n be”.
If not begged or praised, things will not work.
Let us stop playing God in our associations, Parishes, Archdeaconries and the Diocese.
Let God be God and let all glory be given unto His Holy name.
Remember Philippians 2:13
“ for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purposes.
Giving glory to God alone definitely has its cost. There is a price to pay.
- We need to die to self and away with ‘Ego’
- Our resources – Glory will not be given to God if we His children would not use our resources to support His work.
- Living as children of light Matt. 5:16.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Our lives are to glorify God. The blessing of giving God alone, all the glory is also mention in the Psalm 115:12-18
- Blessing, he will bless us
- Not forget us, he will be mindful of us
- He will increase us.
As we celebrate I declare God will bless you, increase you, will not forget you, always be mindful of you till the end of ages.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D
Provost of The Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan
Ibadan North Diocese