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Monday Meditations: Our God is Glorious!

on October 21, 2013

Yesterday, Dave interrupted his series in 1Timothy with a series on the glory of God through the Bible. His first message was “A Glimpse at the Bookends and All That Lies Between.” We looked at Genesis 1-3; 3:15; and Revelation 21-22. He had 4 points as to how God is glorious that encouraged my heart and helped me better worship God and desire to obey him in response.

  1. Our God is Sovereign.

We looked at the creation week, the story of God’s creation of the entire universe. God spoke, and it was so. God’s spoken word resulted in the creation of everything out of nothing. That should awe us. That should cause us to worship. God spoke, and it was so!

This made me think of some of God’s other words: I will never leave you nor forsake you. My grace is sufficient for you. I will forgive your sins. You will be my people. When God speaks, it is so!

    2. Our God is Personal.

In Genesis 2:19, God brought the animals to Adam so Adam could name them. Just as he spoke the animals into existence, God could have as easily assigned them their names. But he let Adam exercise his creativity.

In Genesis 3:8, after Adam and Eve had sinned and were hiding from God, Adam and Eve heard the sound of God walking in the garden. They recognized the sound because they had heard it before. God walked in the garden to fellowship with Adam and Eve because he is a personal God. He didn’t just create them and let them be. He created them and fellowshipped with them.

In Revelation 1:13 and 2:1, we also see Jesus walking in the midst of the churches. Church is not something we just go to or do. Church is us with Christ in our midst!

    3. Our God is Just.

Genesis 3 tells the story of the first sin. Adam and Eve–just like us when we sin–operated according to a word other than God’s word. They operated according to Satan’s word, because it appealed to a desire to be their own gods and to rule the world their own way. God justly revealed that there would be consequences of their sin: strife and pain in life, physical death, and eternal death.

But I love this part. . . In Genesis 3:8-9 God still came to the garden looking for Adam and Eve–after they sinned. God still wanted to fellowship with them in their sinful condition, even when they were trying to hide from God!

   4. Our God is Merciful.

In the midst of God’s explanation of the consequences of their sin, God gave Adam and Eve hope. They would have children, and one of their offspring–Jesus–would eventually crush Satan.

Adam and Eve believed God’s promise. In Genesis 3:20-21, Adam called Eve the “mother of all living.” Eve did not yet have children, showing that he believed God’s promises.

Eden was an amazing place, but it ended up being tainted by sin. Dave reminded us that one day we will experience all of the benefits of Eden but even better! Revelation 22 tells us of a place in which we will actually eat of the tree of life. It tells us of a place that will be curse free. It tells us of a place in which we will see God’s face forever!

We wonder sometimes why sin was even allowed. I truly think we can worship God better because we, as sinners, get to experience God’s mercy and grace. As we see God in all his glory–his sovereignty, personality, justice, and mercy–we should be happy to obey him. And one day, when we stand sinless before him, our worship will be perfected.

{On Mondays, I would like to share some thoughts from my pastor’s (husband’s 🙂 ) sermon on Sunday. This will be good for me, as it will help cement God’s truths in my head and heart. I hope these truths will encourage and challenge you! If you’re interested in hearing a particular sermon, you can head here to listen.}

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