Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Splendor and Glory
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. (NIV Bible)
In this Psalm, the Hebrew for the word glory is radiant beauty to herald the exalted nature of the one, universal King. I wanted this design to be bright, colorful, and radiant to reflect the greatness of the universe created by our God. The design is a series of unique “stars” all known to the Lord by name!
Got any idols? You know what I mean. Idols such as described by Tim Keller in his book, Counterfeit Gods: empty promises of money, sex, and power! (By the way if you have not read this book you really need to pick up a copy and read it.) It is written in Psalm 84:1, How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty; and in verse 10, Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; and in verse 11, For the Lord God is a sun and a shield. Then in Psalm 97:6-7 it is written, The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. All who worship images are put to shame. We do not need idols!
In Psalm 86:11-12, it is written, Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Walking in God’s truth as marketplace Christians means that we glorify the Lord in all that we do. We place him first. We do as Jesus commanded and go out into the marketplace and make disciples. It means that we place all of our hope in the Lord and not in men. It means that we stand up for Jesus and do not back down when confronted by naysayers. It means that we accept the Bible as the inerrant word of God and do not stand for “societal interpretations.” Our God is strong and all the glory is his as the creator of all that is seen and unseen.