5/27/16

Biblical Thinking...the Art that Leads to Worship


In his post, "How to Glorify God by Being a Generalist," Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition, discussed knowledge-seeking as "performing art," and a way to glorify the Lord in many practical ways.

We are free to "seek truth, knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas as a way of glorifying Him," Carter said.

The process of this discovery, he said, can lead us to childlike worship.

"It is the process that leads us to continuously repeat the prayer of the 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler: 'O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!' It is the pursuit of knowledge and discovery as a way to glorify our Redeemer by becoming increasingly enchanted by His majesty."

It's true!
I only have to step outside at night and view the heavens to be enchanted by God's creation and break into childlike worship.
While the Word of God is the primary revealer of the Lord, creation also reveals His majesty.

We see it in the multiplicity of colorful birds, the quirkiness of animal and plant world, the ever-changing oceans and seas, the watercolor skies, the differing terrains around the globe, and the uniqueness of every living person.

"O LORD, how manifold are your works! 
In wisdom have you made them all; 
the earth is full of your creatures" (Psalm 104:24 ESV)

"You are the LORD, you alone. 
You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, 
with all their host,
 the earth and all that is on it, 
the seas and all that is in them; 
and you preserve all of them; 
and the host of heaven worships you" (Nehemiah 9:6, ESV)

The stage for our performative art is our own minds, Carer says, and the content is our thoughts. We see in our minds "the interconnectedness of God's creation" in a way that impresses our minds with "a sense of awe and veneration of His grandeur and power."

Biblical thinking and the power of observing God's creation: a great one-two punch. It is through these two means the Lord has impressed upon my heart His majesty and power, and I desire to know Him more.

Is this your prayer too?

Lord. I want to think your thoughts. Teach me to study your Word with greater fervor, and to discover more about who You are in Your splendid creation. AMEN!

- Dawn
Graphic adapted, "space" - courtesy of Morguefile


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