It struck me when I read this scripture recently that this very simple line says a lot about how we should come to the Lord when worshipping. There is no way that we should approach the Lord other than by submission to His majesty. The act of worship in itself is one of laying down our lives and picking up the new life that He has given us, and although we approach His throne with boldness () we do all things for His glory and not ours.
So remember this scripture next time you come to worship Him and make the conscious decision of saying “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.” [NIV translation]
115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (ESV)
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)