February 28, 2017
All of God’s great men and women have seen this world properly. Lifted above the tiny island of Self, they are blessed to breathe the rare air of self-forgetfulness as their hearts are consumed with God. C.S. Lewis describes this humility as “not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less.”
They see God. Everywhere.
David was a man who saw The-God-Behind-Everything. It led to a worshiping, useful life, unleashed from the shameless shackles of self-absorption and the pettiness of pride.
1 O God, we have heard with our ears,
Our fathers have told us
The work that You did in their days,
In the days of old.
2 You with Your own hand drove out the nations;
Then You planted them;
You afflicted the peoples,
Then You spread them abroad.
3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,
For You favored them.
4 You are my King, O God;
Command victories for Jacob.
5 Through You we will push back our adversaries;
Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.
7 But You have saved us from our adversaries,
And You have put to shame those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted all day long,
And we will give thanks to Your name forever.
It is always all of God, but David was one of the fortunate few who understood. It was so ingrained in his heart that it flowed from his pen with effortless, spontaneous joy. He saw God everywhere—from the shepherd’s hillside to the deathbed and beyond. His one tragic season occurred when he let someone else fill his vision, and the result was disastrous.
I wonder if we believe that God is the One-Behind-Everything? The Giver of every good and perfect gift? The author of all that is valuable? The sole provider and protector? He who lifts up one and puts down another?
I wonder if our words confess God’s sovereignty behind it all or do we love the applause? Do we (subtly) bring attention to ourselves, or wish for that attention? Or have we have found the glorious freedom, as Tim Keller writes, of self-forgetfulness?
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.