Lord’s Day Reflection

Last week I bought John Piper’s DVD set Blazing Grace. We’ve been watching it as a family and he really breaks down God’s glory and sovereignty in a way that my teen daughter or anyone else for that matter can understand. I mentioned it to the youth minister and he wants to borrow it when we’re finished watching it. It would be great if he ended up using it for the kids.

In the first lesson Piper is telling the youth about God declaring His glory throughout creation. And how God is God centered which he touches on more in the second lesson. The lessons are simple yet deep and remind me of what I often forget. I forgot in my day to day life just how glorious God has declared His name in all creation. As I drive across the Chattahoochee River I try to catch a glimpse of how beautiful it is. And it really is a wonderful site. Then, I continue on to work forgetting about these things the rest of the day. So I wanted to reflect a little on these thoughts in Psalm 8 below.

Psalm 8
The LORD’S Glory and Man’s Dignity
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Just how glorious and majestic is God’s name in all the earth? It is beyond my comprehension. Who am I, a sinful man that God the Father gave to His Son? It is beyond my comprehension. I then cry out “Why me?” in imperfect, undying thankfulness that seems to die when I get off my knees. I am sure glad perfect faith is not required and that we have Jesus Christ as our advocate with the Father interceding for us. Oh, how sorry I am that I don’t rejoice as I should. Look a few of the ways Jesus prayed for us in John 17. Jesus begins praying for us by exalting His Father and Himself again declaring God’s glory above all else. It truly is all about God.

1-3 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

9-10 “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.

13 “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.

19 “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

I encourage you to take your Bible and read and meditate on all of John 17. You can actually read Jesus’ prayer for His own and how He prayed. In all of my amazement in reading this prayer it I ask myself a couple of things.

1. Is Jesus Christ glorified in me everyday throughout the day?
2. Is my joy made full in Jesus Christ everyday throughout the day?

But that is “Unrealistic!” some may object so let me ask again the question I asked above. Who am I, a sinful man that God the Father gave to His Son?

Mark

The above article was posted on August 13, 2006 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Russ August 14, 2006 at 10:31 am

Mark,

Good words man. Thanks for the encouraging thoughts!

Russ

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