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Wart Hog

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God's Highest Glory
« on: December 18, 2009, 06:04:24 PM »
Great quote from "Whatever Became Of Melanie?" Enjoy.

"Now what is the supreme essence, the highest expression of God's glory?" asked Brenda.
"You're obviously on a roll," said Alice. "You tell me."
"I'm sure that in some circles," said Brenda, "this question would initiate a very lively debate. There are some who would say that the chief glory of God resides in His holiness. I don't know about you, but my first response to this would be to reverently acknowledge it to be true, close my mouth and walk away. How can we conceivably elevate anything above the supreme holiness of God? His moral purity! His unsullied perfections! Holiness is at the very least the resplendent beauty, the transcendent majesty of God.
"After sitting quietly for a moment with our hands over our mouths, there might be someone bold enough to venture further and suggest God's justice to be the attribute of attributes, the chief and primary essence of His glory and being. The discussion would now take us in a new direction, as we'd consider the absolute precession and attention to the most minute details that perfect justice requires, taking into account every thought, word and deed, weighing the intents and motives with exactness, meeting out precise and just decisions, rewarding the righteous and punishing the guilty. Another may boldly suggest the absolute transcendence of God to be the quintessential attribute, His true and highest glory. There is no doubt that it would be a very difficult choice to make. But what do the Scriptures say?
"In Exodus 33 we have the account of Moses wrestling with the same issue. With deep passion, humility, and great expectancy He asks of God, 'Now show me your glory.' Now, this is not an unusual request. It has been the passion of sincere worshipers who have gathered in His Name, as long as people have gathered in His name, passionately seeking a glimpse of His glory, wanting nothing more than to behold Him with unveiled faces, to be further 'transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.' 2 Cor. 3:18 NIV Now how did the Lord respond to this request? What answer did he give? Did He tell Moses to shield his eyes as He revealed a glimpse of His holiness? Did He give him a view of His justice by opening his ears to the despairing wails and moaning of the damned? Did He bestow upon him a vision of His transcendence and unrivaled majesty? As strange as it may seem, He mentions none of these. 'Then Moses said, 'Now show me your glory.' And the Lord said, 'I will cause ALL MY GOODNESS to pass in front of you." Exod. 33:18, 19a NIV
"Wherein does the paramount, the highest glory of God reside? Within His goodness!!! And is this not what we wish Him to disclose to us as we worship? - His goodness? We may not be conscious of it, but is this not the passion of our souls, to have His goodness pass in front of us that we may bask in His highest glory? Is this not what we want Him to communicate to us so that we might be further transformed into His likeness and reflect more perfectly His highest glory which is His goodness? As the Israelites rejoiced in the Ark of the Covenant being placed in the temple, 'they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: 'He is good; his love endures forever.' Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.' 2 Chr. 5:13b, 14 NIV
"Yes, when we worship, we reverently acknowledge His supreme holiness, we humbly confess our wickedness in the light of His perfect righteousness and justice, we stand in awe of His transcendence. But when we worship Him for His goodness, then, and only then will the glory of the Lord fill the temple of our hearts, and the flame of His highest glory will consume our sin and uncleanness, preparing us to reflect His glory to all around!
"Sadly, there is so little true reflection of God's goodness in the life of believers today, largely due to our dwarfed comprehension of the same. Due to the constant misery and tragedy in the world, we often question, and at times reject the goodness of God, especially when the tragedy hits close to home. Seeing only the present, and being convinced that misery and tragedy are eternal realities, our hearts sink in despair and faithlessness, as the goodness of God takes second place to His apparent vengeful justice and cold indifference. For our hearts to rise in triumphant faith and unwavering confidence, for our lives to truly reflect His goodness to the degree they should, we must see His goodness as it is! We must see the world and life through His eyes! Our world view must be modified and exalted to conform to His world view, to see His purpose of grace in all events and circumstances, regardless of how dark and dismal they may appear...."

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Re: God's Highest Glory
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 12:28:57 PM »
Amen, Warthog!
There's a verse in Psalm 63 that says something very similar:

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (v. 3)

This appears to be the only place in the (KJV) Bible that declares that there is something better than life itself!

Blessings to you!
Brian