It was a moment of honor. My Father was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy during WWII. Last week we buried him with military honor for his service all those years ago. It was a moving moment to hear the three gun salute and taps being played. It was an especially touching moment to see those soldiers saluting the coffin.
The memorial service the next day was entirely different. It was also a moment of honor as we remembered the life of a wonderful man. But there was a difference. In speaking of my Father, we also honored our Heavenly Father. He had been my Dad’s rock and refuge since 1939.
Our verse for today says that salvation depends on God. We cannot save ourselves from our sin. He is the One who in His grace bends down to extract us from the messiness our sin creates. But our honor also depends on Him. In addition to redeeming our lives, He crowns us with love and compassion (Psalm 103:4). David even talks about how God increases honor for him in Psalm 71:21!
If my life or my Dad’s life is honorable, it is because of the Lord. Our Creator continually works in those who belong to Him, forming His beautiful character. The praise and honor ultimately belong to Him! He makes a life beautiful and worth living.
It really will not be so long before I am with my Dad, worshiping and honoring together the One who gave us honor. Thank you Lord, that You create honorable lives May my life honor You today.