Grace For The Journey
In the book of Psalms, David shows the appropriate starting point for worship.
It involves . . .
To the glory
And splendor of God.
He reminds us of this in Psalm 145:3 by saying “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable!” If we go along with the starting point of worship, to praise Him, to magnify Him for His greatness . . . We are doing it right!
Many times, it is so easy for us to get caught up in a million other things in our lives. We may get distracted by our jobs, our family, our finances, etc. When this happens, what size does God appear to be when our mind is preoccupied with all the cares, worries, and concerns of life? Extremely small.
But the good news is
That God is not small.
God is extremely GREAT.
J.I. Packer reminds us that “our personal lives are limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite, and almighty. Like us, He is personal, but unlike us, He is GREAT.”
The first priority of our time together
As believers and as worshippers
Is to magnify the Lord.
Sometimes we may get caught up in catching up with friends, family, our personal lives, our personal preferences, etc. but… our FIRST priority should always be to magnify the Lord.
God is bigger than our problems and joys,
Greater than our sorrows and successes,
More significant than our tests and triumphs.
It can be so easy to get distracted by things in our life and by our own preferences, but in all reality, God needs to become bigger in our eyes and in our lives.
The distractions and preferences
Need to fade away
And we need to focus
Oon glorifying and magnifying God’s greatness.
God’s greatness never changes
… Our focus does.
One beautiful example is our view of the stars. To the naked eye they appear like tiny pinpoints of light, barely visible against the black backdrop. Twinkling dots suspended in vast darkness. We can walk outside and barely notice them.
But when we look through a high-powered telescope,
We’re awestruck by what they really are:
Massive spheres of raging fire,
Mmillions of times larger than the earth,
Brighter than our human eyes can bear.
The stars haven’t changed
… Our vision has…
God doesn’t change
… We do.”
So the question is now… HOW do we magnify? There are 3 categories in which we can magnify God’s greatness: His Word, His nature, and His works.
1. God’s Word. The Bible is His self-revelation to us. We come to know God’s greatness through His Word. Psalm 19:7-9 states that the Word of the Lord is “perfect”, “sure,” “right,” “pure,” and “true.” As believers, we live in awe that God would speak to us – as we listen to what He says, we are . . .
Encouraged by His promises
Challenged by His commands
Fearful of His warnings,
And grateful for His blessings.
Reading God’s word creates a desire to see and proclaim God’s greatness.
2. God’s nature. The Psalms also focus on Who God is, conveying the reasons God deserves our praise.
We’ll never reach the end of them! How beautiful is that?!? All of God’s attributes, the way He loves, the nature of who He is exist together in perfect harmony, perfect balance, perfect cooperation, with no contradiction, no confusion, and no diminishing of their glory forever.
3. Magnifying God’s works. As we learn from the Psalms, also includes drawing attention to His Works.
One of the problems
We as humans face
Is that we tend to be
More impressed with what we do
Than with what God has done.
God has revealed to us all the works He has done. He has revealed them to us for our comfort, correction, strengthening, protection, and joy. He has revealed them to us for our worship.
Magnifying God’s greatness,
Involves proclamation and passionate worship.
Through our worship of glorifying God
And magnifying His greatness,
We have every opportunity to magnify
And encounter our GREAT and awesome God.
May we encounter our GREAT and AWESOME God as we MAGNIFY His GREATNESS this week!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”