Monday, September 29, 2008

To Glory

This post from May 2007 by Steven Wedgeworth is among my all time favorite blog posts. It is a nice summary of God's purpose for the world.

"Christianity is a comedy, whereas all false religions are tragic. This means that Christianity moves. Christians smile and laugh, as we follow after the God who dances. Our God sings too, as the Word is enveloped in Breath. Breath is moving air, song: glorified speech. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus who pictures the Father.

To be like God is our telos, and so Man sings and dances. He stumbles at first and hits flat notes, but this is but the beginning. There’s 30,000 years to go after all. Infinity knows no ceiling, and thus we practice on. We sing about creation. We sing about the exodus. We glorify the Torah in the Psalms. And the Bible continues still."

Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Heavens Declare His Glory

I want to share some links with you that totally just blow my mind.

Psalm 8:3-5
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

I think this commentary from John Piper is fitting:
“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). That is why all the universe exists. It’s all about glory. The Hubble Space Telescope sends back infrared images of faint galaxies perhaps twelve billion light-years away (twelve billion times six trillion miles). Even within our Milky Way there are stars so great as to defy description, like Eta Carinae, which is five million times brighter than our sun. Sometimes people stumble over this vastness in relation to the apparent insignificance of man. It does seem to make us infinitesimally small. But the meaning of this magnitude is not mainly about us. It’s about God. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” says the Scripture. The reason for “wasting” so much space on a universe to house a speck of humanity is to make a point about our Maker, not us. “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these [stars]? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:26).
The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and enjoy the glory of God. We were made for this. “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth . . . whom I created for my glory,” says the Lord (Isaiah 43:6-7). To see it, to savor it, and to show it—that is why we exist. The untracked, unimaginable stretches of the created universe are a parable about the inexhaustible “riches of his glory” (Romans 9:23). The physical eye is meant to say to the spiritual eye, “Not this, but the Maker of this, is the Desire of your soul.” (Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, pg. 14)