Denzel Washington has never forgotten where he came from; he always tells people to do the same. “I handle the success the way I think God would want me to handle it. I can’t personally take credit for it. Over the years a lot of people have helped me, but like I was always told growing up, God will make a way” Denzel stated.
Although Denzel never stated this in public, the message is still very true. How do you handle success or achievement? Do you automatically expect to receive credit, acclaim or acknowledgement for all you’ve accomplished, and even engineer ways to ensure that you get it?
David celebrated his victory over his enemies’ oppression by praising the Lord for deliverance, not by claiming that he himself had achieved it (Ps. 18: 46-50). He gave the glory to God.
David had been severely persecuted by King Saul, who was eaten up with fear that David was out to capture the throve. Saul’s vengeful and vicious campaign drove David into hiding, fearing for his life (1 Sam. 18-24). So when the Lord delivered David from this mad campaign against his life, he responded by composing this psalm of praise. David had no illusion that somehow his own ingenuity had delivered him, he knew that only God had preserved his life.
Are there situations in your world that tempt you to take all the credit for outcomes rather than give glory to God? In what way might you give Him a gift of praise or thanksgiving?