Judges 5: Who Deserves the Praise?
After all that happened when Deborah was the judge of Israel, she wrote a song that is recorded in Judges chapter 5. However, to start the whole thing off, she made sure that the people understood who needed to be praised in this situation.
Jdg 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
Jdg 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
In verse three, she is saying that even she, one of the most powerful people in Israel that time, was going to praise God. Even though she was one of the humans in charge of their great victory, she recognized that God was truly in charge of everything that had happened.
I hope that arrogance never impedes any of us. I hope that we are always as willing to ascribe all of the glory to God before anything else.
Why should we give him all that praise?
Here are a few verses.
Psa 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
God created everything and still retains control over all of it. Where else could we direct our worship? If you think in human terms, when someone invents something, people are pretty excited for the inventor. They didn’t walk up to a Model T and start giving it compliments. If they liked that car, they would give Henry Ford a compliment for doing a great job.
Deborah recognized that very well. Obviously, God did a great thing through her just like people are able to do more things because of automobiles. However, the Inventor of all of the universe was ultimately the one who orchestrated everything that happened. Therefore, He is logically the one who deserves all the credit.