Have you ever reflected on the phrases within this doxology (a hymn of praise to God)?
- To him who is able to keep you from stumbling
- We know that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) yet God commands us to be holy as I am holy (Leviticus 19:2). How can we do this?Some resign themselves to the position that “nobody’s perfect” and settle for not striving for holiness. Others through the ages have tried denying human desires by going without, or locking themselves away from the world in monasteries. But unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).
Perhaps “Be holy as I am holy” was actually meant to draw us to depend on God. God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Cor 10:13).
Yes – Jesus is able to keep you from stumbling!
- and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy
- His own righteousness covers over our unrighteousness. We stand before—no, are presented to—the King of Kings without fault; judged as completely innocent; counted as perfect.
- No wonder there is joy, both ours for such undeserved treatment, and His, in his great love and pride over his cherished children.
- to the only God
- There is no other.
- our Saviour
- The one who made it possible for us to be counted blameless. Not by decree but by his atoning substitutionary sacrifice.
- be glory,
- Renown, honour
- impressive beauty, stateliness, dignity
- ability and capability to do something (in this case, everything!)
- and authority,
- the right to give orders, make decisions, to rule
- through Jesus Christ our Lord,
- You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14)
- before all ages, now and for evermore!
- God’s greatness is eternal. It always was, it is now, and it always will be!
- And so may it be!
May the richness of these two little verses dwell in your heart today as you recover from the feasting and busyness of celebrating Christmas and His love for us.