And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord.” (Psalm 138:5, NASB95)

David writes this passage about the kings of the earth, “all of the kings of the earth will give thanks to you,” he writes, “they will sing of the ways of the Lord.”  We do not know if David is looking forward to a time when the knowledge of the Lord has penetrated every nook and cranny of the earth–we certainly haven’t seen this in history so far–or if he is speaking of the time when God’s reign comes to earth.  My guess is that this is a prophetic passage looking forward to when God reigns over all the earth, when evil has been conquered, and when all the nations worship the Lord as the true King.

All of that, however, is not why the passage struck me as I read it this morning.  I love David’s comment: great is the glory of the Lord.  So accurate. So true. So telling. Indeed, we need only go back two psalms and we see a myriad of reasons why God’s glory is great.  His lovingkindness [hesed in the Hebrew which is difficult to translate but is something like “love that is faithful to his covenant”] endures forever, and it endures because he made the heavens and the earth.  His glory is great because he is the God of gods, because to him alone belongs great wonders, because he created the heavens with skill, because he made the sun and moon, because he brought the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt and delivered them right through the middle of the Red Sea, because he has rescued his people from their adversaries, and because he gives food to all creatures.  Because of all these reasons and a whole lot more, great is the glory of the Lord.

If that list doesn’t convince you, dear reader, that the Lord’s glory is great indeed, then nothing will.