His glory is great through Your victory; You confer majesty and splendor on him. – Psalm 21:5
Writing in the third person, King David speaks in this psalm of where he (as a leader) finds glory. Interestingly, he does not mention conquests, palaces, possessions, or crowns, but instead something more eternal … namely, God’s victory, which should raise an important (convicting) question for us all.
If I succeed, does God win? This is a question that checks the motivation behind every effort, project, goal, and ambition of my life, but which also demands an explanation. How, exactly, do I define a “win” for God?
While all questions may not have simple answers, this one should not be too difficult. I know that I cannot claim a win for the Almighty if somehow He gets lost in the path or aftermath of my earthly achievement. I may only claim the “win” is His, if He is revealed and honored in and through and after my efforts. Indeed, every leader’s … in fact, every follower’s greatest victory only comes if the Master wins.
A man’s most glorious actions will at last be found to be but glorious sins, if he hath made himself, and not the glory of God, the end of those actions. – Thomas Brooks