When I re-started my blog a couple of months ago, I promised I’d write once or twice a week. I’ve already broken that promise, but I won’t make excuses. I’m sorry for not keeping at the discipline of writing.
Anyway; I’ve been doing some preparatory work for a couple of messages that I’ll be presenting in September at our Gloucester campus. The first is challenging me again to realize that I am not the main point of what God does. That’s a hard pill to swallow. I’m used to seeing myself as the center of at least a few things. At least…I’m an important part, right?
Before you react, let me share my reason for saying this. The 25th Psalm is a plea for King David to be delivered from his enemies and for God to teach David His ways. He wanted to know how to follow the Lord in righteousness.
I’ve often expressed this desire. It is a good desire and one that I hope is yours as well. I noticed something today that helps keep my perspective right, though. David’s desire is not for deliverance or knowledge or pardon of his sins for his own sake. It is for the sake of God’s glory and His reputation. God is a covenant keeping God. This has been true from the earliest days of His interaction with mankind. It was true with Adam and Eve as well as their kids; Cain and Abel. It was true with Noah and it was true with Abraham.
There is a phrase repeated throughout the Old Testament that emphasizes this truth. In the ESV it is translated “steadfast love.” It means simply this: when God makes a promise or enters into a covenant with someone, He does so without the possibility of failure on His part. He is loyal to His promises.
Here’s the point. God entered into a covenant with me the day He made me His own through Christ. From that very day until today, God continues to demonstrate His loyal, steadfast love to me. This is not, however because I’m so important, but because God is true to Himself. I’m not the main point of what God is doing in my life; He is. It is for the sake of God’s reputation as a covenant keeping God that I enjoy His favor. It is because God never wavers on His promise that I continue to enjoy the forgiveness of my sin.
Think about it. If it was about you at all; God would be aiming at a lesser target. The point is God’s glory. The point is God’s reputation. In saving me, in teaching me, in directing my steps and in His ongoing forgiveness for the sinful expressions of my heart, God acts for my benefit with the ultimate goal of His own glory.
Spend a little time reading through Psalm 25 today. I hope it will encourage your heart and help you focus your attention on the main point…God’s glory.