Scripture: verse 6
So that we would bring Him praise commensurate with the glory of the grace He gave us through the Beloved One.
Observation: “He” is Adonai at the moment – God the Father. Looking at other translations confirms that this isn’t about us praising God, but about us being the praise – we are the trophy or reward God gets because of the glory of His grace.
Which is kinda weird. I’m not really accustomed to being a trophy. But a trophy is something that one works for, and something that one treasures. He is honored by the fact that I am His daughter, not by any effort I might make to honor Him.
Sometimes I joke that I’m a “kept woman,” because Hero is the one with a job and tends to do a lot of the projects at home – calling home repair people (I’m kinda phone-phobic) and bookkeeping and so on. And sometimes it’s a guilt-joke, meant to cover the fact that I’m feeling guilty about the state of the house. But most of the time it’s a happy joke, because I know that Hero loves me and loves taking care of me, whether the dishes are washed or not. And God is the same way only more so: He loves me and He loves doing all the work for me, because I am His daughter. And I honor Him when I let Him do the work.
Application: I honor God when I let God do the work. I don’t honor Him when I try to be perfect and holy on my own power. (Mostly I get cranky.) I don’t honor Him when I stress over the things I get wrong. I don’t honor Him when I feel guilty. I honor Him when I rest on His grace. I honor Him when I love Him.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the Beloved One and the grace you’ve provided. Teach me to honor you, to stay safe in your love and not worry about anything.