Big God; Big Agenda
1The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.2Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. —Psalm 19:1-4
John Piper’s book, Let the Nations Be Glad, says, “Charles Misner, a scientific specialist in general relativity theory, expressed Albert Einstein’s skepticism over the church with words that should awaken all of us to the shallowness of our worship of God. The design of the universe is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as basically a very religious man. He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen so much more majesty than they had ever imagined and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religion he’d run across did not have proper respect for the author of the universe.” He goes on and gives some details. “Scientists . . . know that the galaxy of which our solar system is a part is 100,000 light years across, about 587,000 trillion miles. It’s one of about a million such galaxies in the optical range of our most powerful telescopes.” And every time they get a more powerful telescope they go, “Oooh! There’s more?”
We who believe the Bible know this even better than scientists. If there is a personal God who spoke this universe into being, then there is a certain respect, reverence, wonder, and dread that we should have when we come together to talk about Him and to worship Him. But the tragic fact is that we have been deifying man and humanizing God for so long that we see worship as just kind of a step up. We’re worshiping a God who’s just slightly more exalted than us. And that is such a painful and small way to live our lives. It’s time for the people of God to rise up and recognize the foolishness of living for our own exalted nonsense. Instead, we can live for God’s agenda, which is the exaltation of Jesus Christ. There are only two kinds of people in this world: those who are seeking to exalt themselves, and those who are living for God’s agenda. We are most alive when we live for God’s agenda and most miserable when we do not.
· What is it about God’s created universe that most humbles me and draws me into a place of fear and awe before the God who spoke it all into being?
· In what ways have I come to worship God more fully in the past year?
Prayer - O Father God, develop in me a heart like the psalmist who admitted, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man (who am I?) that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Bring me to my knees and my face before Your glory, Lord. May Your Spirit drive me to worship You in speechlessness and with all the volume I can muster, knowing that all I might do will fall far short of who You are and what You deserve from me. I worship You this day, exalting Jesus, in whose name I pray, Amen.