May 15, Wednesday

Written by the same anonymous writer as yesterday.

 

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“There Really Is None Like ‘You’”

Psalms 148

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! 3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! 4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. 6 And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all” deeps, 8 fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 10 Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children! 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. 14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

What is the purpose of all things, the universe and all that is in it? Many say that the universe has no purpose, that it came about by the brute, chance forces of nature and will one day be completely destroyed as it runs out of energy; there was, is, and never will be any ultimate purpose for the universe and the people within. Atheist philosophy professor Quentin Smith sums up this outlook well when he says that the universe came from nothing, by nothing, and for nothing.

The Scriptures, however, reveal the true explanation for why all things exist. Psalm 148 helps illustrate that the purpose for all of reality is to glorify God.  All the millions of species of vertebrates and invertebrates, all the billions of galaxies containing billions of stars each, the innumerable angelic host—all these are to declare the glory of God. But why does God deserve all this glory?

Some might think it a bit strange that everything exists to glorify just one person. But the reason why we may feel this way is that the only persons we know are humans, and no human being comes close to meriting this sort of glory. But God is no mere man (Num. 23:19)—he is what the 12th century theologian Saint Anselm called the “greatest conceivable being.”  There is nothing that can be thought of that is greater than God; Jeremiah 10:6 says, “There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might” God alone is worthy of worship.

Prayer: Lord, “there is none like You. No one else can touch my heart like You do. I could search for all eternity long and find there is none like You. There is none like You. No one else can touch my heart like You do. I could search for all eternity long and find there is none like You” (MWS). Therefore, I thank You from the very bottom of my heart.

Bible Reading for Today: 1 Samuel 3.


Lunch Break Study

Read Romans 11:36; Is. 43:7: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen”; “. . . everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Jn. 17:25-26: “O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Questions to Consider

  1. In the verse from Romans, the pronoun “him” refers to Jesus. How does Christ’s glory give glory to the triune Godhead and how does this relate to mankind?
  2. What is the purpose for human life?
  3. What is your purpose in life?

Notes

  1. Jesus was sent by the Father to become the human manifestation of the Trinity (John 3:16). Therefore, Jesus is the primary representative to receive the glory due to the Godhead. Both the Father (John 9:54) and the Spirit (John 16:14), glorify Jesus. What is Christ’s glory? It is his death and resurrection to give salvation by revealing the truth of eternal life. God’s glory is made ultimate when his greatest creation, mankind, is in a love relationship with him. That is why God chose to make us and save us—to glorify himself through an eternally fulfilling relationship with humans: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:1-3).
  2. The purpose of human life then, is to enter this relationship with God to enjoy eternal life with him forever. That is our ultimate end. For now, our duty on this earth, is to glorify him in all we do (1 Corinth. 6:20), by living holy lives and spreading God’s love upon this earth, which include aiding the poor, encouraging others, fighting for true justice, working hard at our jobs, and ultimately, sharing the truth of God’s salvation.
  3. Personal response.

Evening Reflection

How purposefully did you live today? Did you do or say anything that would have reminded someone of eternity?   Were you too busy? Jot down some ways you can improve in 2019.

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