20. No unbelief or distrust made him waver or doubtingly question concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.
21. Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
22. That is why his faith was accredited to him as righteousness — right standing with God.
Glory -c) dignity, glory, honor, praise and worship.
Abraham was given a promise and learned to believe and trust the Lord to the point of it putting him in right standing with God. The last days is filled with warnings of being able or not being able to stand when He comes. Abraham is an example of what we need to be.
We must grow in faith and our trust of the Lord. We all have a measure of faith when we begin. But it is how we nurture it that makes it grow or die. Verse 20. says Abraham grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.
Praise is singing or declaring the goodness of God. We can do it in song, and we can do it in our attitude. If we believe He will do as He has said, we should never complain or doubt. How many times do we get discouraged by circumstances and complain that things will never turn out good? I know I do. But this should never be. Bad attitudes weaken our faith. Abraham grew strong when He gave God praise and glory.
The Greek definition of glory is dignity, honor and also praise and worship. Our times of worship is vital. God inhabits the praises of His people. We need His presence in our lives to bring about the changes that we need so desperately. Abraham grew strong and so will we. But we must set aside this time during our daily routine, and we must do it for Him. Our motive for worship has to be for Him and not for ourselves.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength (mighty and impenetrable to temptation) a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Psalm 46:4 There is a river, whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. Amp.
We have this promise as we enter the holy place of His presence the river of God will start to flow within us (the Holy Spirit). Then He always is an ever-present help in our time of need or trouble. We must learn to be in His presence so we can access His help as many times as we need.
This is the very important strength that we need to not give in to discouragement. Discouragement will drain you of peace and joy. Doubt and unbelief are right there which Abraham never gave into.
Abraham hoped on in faith when all natural signs of his promise were gone. He was fully convinced that God was able to do what He had said. And so must we believe He will be with us and see us through any hardship that may arise in our life as times grow harder.