From the Basement

July 3, 2010

Floating in Water/Trusting God

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It seems like everyone has a part of nature that they connect to in a special way, be it the sky, the mountains, rolling green hills, or prairies full of wildflowers. For me, it’s water, especially lakes and seas. Looking out at a body of water just floors me – the crashing waves and still waters, the whitecaps and colorless blue, the power and unpredictability. Something about it is just glorious, and I can’t help but praise in the face of such awesome creation.

All parts of nature glorify God, and I think that oftentimes, they reflect an aspect of God (as if being beautiful wasn’t enough!). One thing I love about water is its buoyancy – if you trust it, the water holds you up and moves you. Floating is so much easier than treading water, but floating requires trust. You have to trust the breath in your belly, trust that a big wave isn’t gonna come down on you (or that if it does, you’ll come right back up). You can’t always see where you’re going – scratch that. You rarely see where you’re going, but you’re present and focused on the act of floating, and that is enough. The water carries you. All you do is breathe – keep that belly full. Keep that trust.

On the other hand, treading is exhausting. You see where you are, you see how far you have to go, and it can be downright terrifying. And you get tired real fast. And for me, it’s a lot harder to swim after treading than it is after floating.

It’s an imperfect analogy, yeah? But the point is there. Water – and the human body in water – is such a beautiful metaphor of the love and buoyancy of God. He holds us up, but we have to trust him. He’ll do all the work – if we let him.

Trust, breathe, focus on floating, focus on Him… he’ll get us to where we’re going… in his own time… in his own way.

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June 30, 2010

The Glory of God

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,

And on Your wondrous works ….

All your works shall praise You, O Lord,

And Your saints shall bless you.

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,

And talk of Your power.

Psalm 145:5, 10-11

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Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty,

The whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:3

Glory is… beauty and splendor. Worthy of praise, honor, and thanksgiving. The beatific happiness of heaven. A height of prosperity or achievement. – or so says Webster’s dictionary.

This post isn’t a cogent essay, or even an attempt at such. It is merely bits and pieces here and there – scriptures, songs, quotes – that point to the awesome glory of our God.

We worship a Glorious God. In Desiring God, John Piper says, “The chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy himself forever,” and that it is because of this that we find such complete satisfaction and pleasure in Him (33). The basic building blocks of this idea are:

The happiness of God in God is the foundation of our happiness in God.

If God did not joyfully uphold and display his glory, the ground of our joy would be gone.

God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in him are in perfect harmony.

For God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. (Piper 50)

This is why acknowledging and praising his glory is important.

His creation reflects His glory. Nature. Newborn babies. Marriages. The person of Jesus Christ. Notwithstanding Christ, who is glory, everything else is a reflection of his glorious, wonderful, powerful nature – a testament of his love for us, that he shows us and lets us share in his glory. We are made complete in the praise of his glory and the satisfaction that follows. And that pleases him.

One of my favorite worship songs right now is “Everything Glorious” from David Crowder Band. The first time I heard (well, that I remember hearing it) was when I was driving back from Montana a few weeks ago. It was a Sunday morning, and my friends and I had our own church service in the car. We wound across the sprawling sort-of-mountains, over the hills. The clouds were so big and fluffy and close that you felt like if you stuck your hand out the window, you could touch them. As we drove down a hill that had clouds scattered across the landscape looking like cotton candy, this song was playing. The photos (taken in Utah) are courtesy of my friend A.S.

The day is brighter here with You

The night is lighter than its hue

Would lead me to believe

Which leads me to believe

(chorus)

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

What does that make me?

My eyes are small but they have seen

the beauty of enormous things

Which leads me to believe

there’s light enough to see that

(chorus)

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

From glory to glory

You are glorious You are glorious

From glory to glory

You are glorious. You are glorious

Which leads me to believe

why I can believe

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

He delights to show me his glory.

He delights when I delight in his glory.

I delight when acknowledging his glory brings me into a deeper understanding of his awesome, all-encompassing, knock-out, drop-dead gorgeous love.

Praise gives perspective.

How awesome it is that he lets us choose to revel in his glory.

It’s like splashing in the lake as a child. You’re only a few inches deep but it’s so good.

How much deeper can we go?

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