Psalm 79 provides us with a great reminder of the Bible’s most important truth. In verses 8 and 9 we read:
Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!
Now these are big requests, and they have been gloriously fulfilled in Christ. He has made it possible for God to look upon us as though we had never sinned. He atoned for our iniquities. He was brought low so that we might be exalted. But notice the reason for these requests. Twice the Psalmist asks that these wonderful saving acts be done for God’s name’s sake, and for God’s glory.
The Psalmist is not asking that God bring about salvation of His people for their own good. He is asking that God save them so that God Himself will look more great and more glorious. In other words, the Psalmist is asking God to save for GOD’s own good.
This may be the most pervasive and important theme in Scripture. In fact, it may be THE theme of the Bible. From Genesis to Moses to the Psalms to Paul, and everywhere in between, we are told that God creates, sustains, and saves for His glory.
We are told that the goal of God is the glory of God and the glory of God is the good of all people.
Because there is nothing better than God, so there is nothing better for us than Him and His glory. The greatest good is God and God wants what is best for us. This is a radically life-changing way of thinking that we must understand and apply. This is why we are told over and over to do everything to the glory of God, because God wants us to value what He values. For when we do that, we will gain everything. In other words, when we delight ourselves in the Lord, we gain the desires of our hearts, and when God is our delight, He IS our hearts’ desire, and His glory is our goal.
We seek to bring God glory, because when He gets the glory, we get the joy. And His glory is what we want.