When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? (Ps. 8:3-4) All this God created with His fingers (Ps. 8:3) — He cast these spheres and […]Read More The work of God’s fingers
At the Desiring God National Conference last weekend, John Piper was honored with a festschrift. The volume, appropriately entitled For the Fame of God’s Name, is edited by Justin Taylor and Sam Storms and includes articles by colleagues at his church and Desiring God, and long-time friends and co-laborers — men like D. A. Carson, […]Read More John Piper honored with a new book
This is the eleventh and final of a series of reflections of gratitude on 20 years of ministry at GBC. I hope you knew I would have to conclude my reflections with the truth of God’s glory. I don’t think I came to GBC with the priority of God’s glory as preeminently clear in my […]Read More Reflections on Twenty Years of Ministry: God’s Glory
While thinking about yesterday’s comment from M’Cheyne about trials and the preciousness of Christ, I came across this extended statement by Thomas Watson in his classic work, A Body of Divinity. It comes near the end of his answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “what is the chief end of man?” […]Read More God is a delicious good
Thomas Watson applies the truth of the glory of God and meditates on what it means that we are made for His glory: There is no one here present but God has put in some capacity of glorifying him; the health he has given you, the parts, estate, seasons of grace, all are opportunities put […]Read More Made to glorify God
Why should we glorify God? Glorifying Him does not add to His character or worth — our glorying in Him does nothing to increase His preeminence. So why glorify Him? Why should we glory in His name? Because God has made all things for his own glory.…especially has he made the godly for his glory; […]Read More Why should we glorify God?
John Piper has written much, often, and well on the topic of the glory of God. In his tribute to Jonathan Edwards, God’s Passion for His Glory, Piper notes that “The exhibition of God’s glory and the deepest joy of human souls are one thing. The implications of this are breathtaking.” Among those implications are […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (1/17/10)
In anticipation of tomorrow morning’s sermon (on Paul’s doxology in Eph. 3), I was reading again in A. W. Pink’s work, Gleanings from Paul: the Prayers of the Apostle. He makes several helpful statements about the glory of God and its implications for prayer: …we should be deeply concerned with the glory of God, that […]Read More The glory of God and prayer
God can and will do for His own, “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). But there are some things that He will not do for us or give us. He will not lead us into temptation. And He will not share with us His glory. Thomas Watson says it […]Read More What God will not give you
Jonathan Edwards makes a statement that begs the question, “Is Christ before all things in my life?” Which is simply another way of asking, “Do I live for God’s glory?” Or, “Do I worship God above all else, or is there some form of idolatry that is usurping the right position of God in my […]Read More Is Christ before all in my life?
John Piper, Preaching the Cross: Every sin flows from the failure to treasure the glory of God above all things.Read More Today’s Quote – Sin (Piper)
Jonathan Edwards (The End for Which God Created the World; in God’s Passion for His Glory): …the glory of God is the ultimate end of the work of redemption, which is the chief work of providence towards the moral world, as is abundantly manifest from Scripture. For the whole universe is put in subjection to […]Read More Today’s Quote – Redemption (Edwards)
John Piper, “Jesus Christ and the Rescue of Joy, Part 1:” That word “magnify” is tricky. Because microscopes magnify and telescopes magnify. And they do something very different. Magnify with a microscope and you mike a very tiny little thing look bigger than it is. If you try to magnify God that way, you blaspheme. […]Read More Today’s Quote – Magnify God (Piper)
David Brainerd: I viewed the infinite excellency of God and my soul even broke with longings that God should be glorified. I thought of dignity in heaven, but instantly the thought returned, “I do not go to heaven to get honor, but to give all possible glory and praise.” Oh, how I longed that God […]Read More Today’s Quote – Heaven (Brainerd)
J. S. Bach: The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging.Read More Today’s Quote – Music (Bach)