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King of the Hill

“It does not belong to us, Lord. The glory belongs to you because of your love and loyalty.”

-Psalm 115:1

Have you looked at this world lately and how much emphasis they put on being number one? I didn’t thing about how much until I was reading one of my studies and it got me thinking.

The world keeps us up to date on all the latest number one movies, best-seller books and popular music, T.V. shows and trends. There are award shows for everything, MVP awards for athletes and medals for the Olympics. They have crowns for pageants and trophy’s for competitions and so much more. Even in our hometowns we have homecoming queens and kings and festival contests. We watch numbers on charts and stock markets rise and fall. We see each person clawing their way to the top like a game of king of the hill all so they can have their five minutes of fame or as long as they can hold their title.

How easy it is to get caught up in this race just to feel we’ve accomplished something or can have some recognition. We all want to feel we are significant to others and need that validation. By doing this people begin to seek glory for themselves as they hold that spot on top.

I can think of a few people in the Bible who also wanted to be king of the hill. King Saul tried to kill David so he could remain on top. King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t like the idea of Babylon, his kingdom, to fall so he built a gold statue from head to toe to claim his glory. Satan, once a beautiful angel in heaven, wanted God’s throne and God’s glory and he was cast out of heaven with one-third of the angels. These men felt they needed the spotlight and glory for themselves and tried to claw their way to the top.

But they failed, why? The Bible clearly tells us that no matter what, in the end, all the glory is to be given to God. He is the one worthy of honor and praise. Without Him there would be no world. Isaiah 42:8 says God will not give His glory to anyone else.

This does not mean our accomplishments mean nothing and we aren’t significant. It only means without God we aren’t able to accomplish anything. God still deserves our honor and praise because He is the one who gave us our talents. If and when you make it to the top of your goals remember to thank God and give Him the praise.

We don’t need to fall into the world’s version of king of the hill and claw and fight our way through. We need to follow God our King who sits on top of the hill and be grateful just to be on the hill with Him learning at his feet. We need to remember it was Jesus, God’s Son, who died on the hill for our sins so that we can have a life of forgiveness and promise of salvation.

Today, I am thankful for the talents God has given me and the opportunities of open doors to share those talents. But my praise goes to God who deserves all the glory and like 2 Chronicles 7:3 says, I will bow down and worship Him.

Are you striving to be king of the hill today? If so, let go and let God lead and watch everything fall into place.

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