Friday, July 15, 2011

Worship word: presents

Theologians (and I'm sure some who might read this post will be irritated) speak of the attributes of God. This is a useful way to try to understand what He has told us about Himself in the Bible, but it can sometimes get so theoretical and dry that it threatens to suck the life out of the Living God Himself.

Consider God's attribute of immutability. That this attribute is His is undeniable. 1 Samuel 15:29 and Malachi 3:6 say so explicitly. But note that these passages say that God's mind does not change, i.e., His plans and purposes for today are the same as they were yesterday and as they will be for all eternity.

What does this have to do with worship? You see, theologians get snagged on this concept. They extend it beyond this idea of immutable purpose to mean that things that happen have no impact on Him. But the Bible tells us that God takes pleasure in our worship, it tells us that He seeks worshipers. When we worship, we bring presents to the God of the universe, and He is affected by them. He created us for relationship, and our worship is an expression of that relationship. Think of it - the creator God is moved by my efforts to have relationship with Him.

I am always amazed that so wonderful a woman as Bethany chooses to love me - how much more amazing is the love of the God of Gods.

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