I came across the phrase “Awake my glory” while reading the book of Psalms this morning. Like many other times when I read and meditate on the Word of God, the Spirit of God made the words jump right off the page and I noticed them as never before! So I wondered, what would the Psalmist be referring to when he said “My Glory”? In my heart I knew that our Triune Godhead deserves all the glory, so I was struck that the Psalmist would imply that he had glory as well!
Here are the passages to which I refer: Psalm 16:9 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.” Then we read in Psalm 57:8 “Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” Lastly in Psalm 108:1 “O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.”
Combine these verses and you could say, “MY GLORY rejoices and it must be awakened so I can sing and give praise!” The Bible is its own best interpreter so to understand “my glory” all we need to do is look at other Scriptures and compare what we find. In doing so we find the answer in Psalm 3:3 which is, the LORD is our glory! There is no good thing within man other than when the Lord Himself indwells him at the point of salvation when he is “born again” by the Spirit of God. So in Psalm 3:3 we read, “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.”
So essentially the Psalmist, when he said “Awake my glory” was saying “Awake O Lord In me”! He wanted the Lord to show Himself strong on His behalf in order to express worship and praise in his songs to the Lord. Our sins place a wedge between us and our Lord and the Lord is awakened in us as we repent of any known sin on a daily basis and then stay close to Him through living in His Word, communicating with Him in prayer and worshiping Him daily with songs and hymns and spiritual songs.
It is the child of God’s responsibility to walk closely with their Lord and daily look to Him like the Psalmist did and cry out at the start of each new day, “Awake my glory, I will awaken the dawn. Shine Jesus shine and fill me with YOU today.”
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