My Glory Will I Not Give to Another (Isaiah 42:8)

Timothy Tow

The Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, declares, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another” (Isa 42:8). “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jer 9:23–24).

All glory belongs to Him who created us. Let it be said again, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another.” Let the creature be humbled to the dust and whatsoever he speaks of the Creator, let Him receive all the power and the glory.

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him” (John 7:18). This is what our Lord Jesus, the Son of God, observes in puny man who exalts himself above his Creator, but the Son always glorifies the Father.

David, “a man after His own heart,” was so zealous for God’s glory that he swore to the limit of his strength to fight God’s enemy, “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies” (Ps 139:21–22). David was “a man after His own heart.” He is one that loved His God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind (Matt 22:37). Are you one who loves his God like King David? You will consequently hate with a holy hatred all that His enemy plots against Him.

There is one hidden hatred of puny man against his Creator when he speaks against His Word that it is not perfect. In so doing, puny man is asserting himself and seeking glory for himself over his God. That is Jesus’ observation in John 7:18 against the scholastic scribes and Pharisees, his sworn enemies. But by faith, yes by faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is (God), and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (in His Word)” (Heb 11:6). We have upheld the unchanging faith that God’s Word is 100% perfect without any mistake from the time it was given to this day.

Does puny man know that:

  1. “Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Ps 138:2);
  2. “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgements endureth for ever” (Ps 119:160);
  3. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matt 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33);
  4. “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matt 5:18);
  5. “The scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35);
  6. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:16–17);
  7. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Ps 12:6–7)?

Rev Dr Timothy Tow is the principal of Far Eastern Bible College, and pastor of True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church.

Published in The Burning Bush, Volume 11 Number 2, July 2005.