Lent 2012: 4.2 — God’s Glory On Tour

Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.  Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures every evening.

Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, but their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

God makes a huge dome for the sun–a superdome!  The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, the day breaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.  The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.  The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.  The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.  God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat-gold, with a lifetime guarantee.  The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds.  You’ll like it better than strawberries in the spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure.  Otherwise how will we find our way?  Or know when we play the fool?  Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.  These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray.  Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

— Psalm 19 (The Message)

Siamese Twins and Pike's Peak

Siamese Twins and Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Psalm 19 is one of my five favorite Psalms.  The poetic beauty of nature used to illustrate the beauty of the Word of God.  And, who can resist fresh-picked, red, ripe strawberries?

God’s glory is on tour!  God’s glory is evident in the creation.  The skies, the rocks, the trees, the mountains all proclaim it.  They shout it.  God’s glory is on tour!

Yet, their proclamation is silent.  Even though His glory is written all over creation, it isn’t in creation that God chooses to speak with us.

Think of it as “show-and-tell”.  Creation shows us the greatness of God, yet He uses His Word to tell us of His greatness.

God’s Word.  Logos–God’s Word made alive.  “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.  We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:14, The Message)

And, in this Word, we find revelation that pulls our lives together.  We find the right road–the ancient path.  We find life-maps showing us the way to true joy.  We find clear direction.  We find a Name–in which we move and live and have being (Acts 17:28)–with a pure gold reputation.  We find the decisions accurate to the uttermost.  We find red, ripe strawberries on hot summer days.  We find warning from danger.  We find hidden treasure.

Yet, more than that, in this Word, we find the very hope (confident and joyful expectation in the goodness of God) of Glory–Christ in us! (Colossians 1:27).  God’s glory is not just on tour in the skies, yet God’s glory is on tour with every step we take!  In every place we enter we bring God’s glory.  We take God’s glory on tour.

“Let me tell you why you are here.  You are here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.  If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?  You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hid you under a bucket, do you?  I’m putting you on a light stand.  Now that I’ve you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine!  Keep open house; be generous with your lived.  By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

— Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)

 

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