Is God being glorified through my life? (Anticipation and excitement for a new year.)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Dec 31st as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


(We are going to step aside from John’s Gospel for a couple of weeks, but I want John 11:4 (the raising of Lazarus) to guide our time in the Word for the next few weeks.  SO THAT THE SON OF GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED THROUGH IT.

  • To Glorify God: To acknowledge and make known.  To praise and worship Him.  That through this RAISING OF LAZARUS…God will be acknowledged as God and made known to others.  He we will be worthy to be praised and honored as God.

As we close out this year what a great time to look deep within our own heart and life and consider this question.  IS MY LIFE BRINGING GLORY TO GOD.  ARE THE EVENTS AND DECISIONS IN MY LIFE BRINGING GLORY TO GOD?  Is my job?  Is my family?  Is my money?  Is my time?   Are my thoughts?  Are my actions?

Another way of saying it….Are the actions of my life pointing people to the goodness, greatness, and glory of God?

If not, they should.  If not, THEY CAN!!!


The Key is Honestly answering these 3 questions.

Do I love Him?

Do I listen (and learn) from Him?

Do I live for Him?


A great place to see this is from the book of Psalms.  Our Biblical Hymnbook.  The psalms help us see the proper spirit and content of true worship.

A worship that is both internal (will and emotions) & external (with our life) WE EXPERIENCE GOD WITH OUR EMOTIONS AND LIVING.




(BIBLICALLY AND PERSONALLY.  Our head and heart))


Psalm 115

[1] Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!


[2] Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

[3] Our God is in the heavens;

he does all that he pleases.


[4] Their idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

[5] They have mouths, but do not speak;

eyes, but do not see.

[6] They have ears, but do not hear;

noses, but do not smell.

[7] They have hands, but do not feel;

feet, but do not walk;

and they do not make a sound in their throat.

[8] Those who make them become like them;

so do all who trust in them.


[9] O Israel, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield.

[10] O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield.

[11] You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield.


[12] The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us;

he will bless the house of Israel;

he will bless the house of Aaron;

[13] he will bless those who fear the LORD,

both the small and the great.


[14] May the LORD give you increase,

you and your children!

[15] May you be blessed by the LORD,

who made heaven and earth!


[16] The heavens are the LORD’s heavens,

but the earth he has given to the children of man.

[17] The dead do not praise the LORD,

nor do any who go down into silence.

[18] But we will bless the LORD

from this time forth and forevermore.

Praise the LORD! (ESV)


FROM THE MOUTH OF JESUS – The great commandment – Matthew 22:34–40 – [34] But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. [35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. [36] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” [37] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. [38] This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [40] On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV) – From Deut 6:4-9 (Shema “to hear”  Jewish Confession of faith)


Simple enough….love God with all I am.

Loving Him not for what He does or does not do, but LOVING HIM FOR WHO HE IS!




Psalm 19:7-10

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

[2] Day to day pours out speech,

and night to night reveals knowledge.

[3] There is no speech, nor are there words,

whose voice is not heard.

[4] Their voice goes out through all the earth,

and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun,

[5]        which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

[6] Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

and its circuit to the end of them,

and there is nothing hidden from its heat.


[7] The law of the LORD is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the LORD is sure,

making wise the simple;

[8] the precepts of the LORD are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the LORD is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

[9] the fear of the LORD is clean,

enduring forever;

the rules of the LORD are true,

and righteous altogether.

[10] More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

[11] Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.


[12] Who can discern his errors?

Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

[13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;

let them not have dominion over me!

Then I shall be blameless,

and innocent of great transgression.



[14] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)




Psalm 103:17-18

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name!

[2] Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits,

[3] who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,

[4] who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

[5] who satisfies you with good

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.



[6] The LORD works righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed.

[7] He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel.

[8] The LORD is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

[9] He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever.

[10] He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

[11] For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

[12] as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

[13] As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

[14] For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust.


[15] As for man, his days are like grass;

he flourishes like a flower of the field;

[16] for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

and its place knows it no more.

[17] But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to

everlasting on those who fear him,

and his righteousness to children’s children,

[18] to those who keep his covenant

and remember to do his commandments.

[19] The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,

and his kingdom rules over all.


[20] Bless the LORD, O you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his word,

obeying the voice of his word!

[21] Bless the LORD, all his hosts,

his ministers, who do his will!

[22] Bless the LORD, all his works,

in all places of his dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul! (ESV)

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