Letter to the Reformers - November 18, 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

King David encourages the saint, who lives under the authority of Almighty God to think of his or herself in the following way:

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?  - Psalm 8:1-4

In the first part of this psalm David reminds not only the covenant people of God, but all the earth that the LORD, being exalted in majesty and glory, is worthy of the worship of all men. In fact God is worshipped by His incredible acts of creation and providence, both small and great - through literal little people and incomprehensibly immense celestial bodies. If God is this great, then who are we by comparison, and who are we to think that this God considers us at all. The incredible covenantal truth is this that God does consider men, not because we are in any way His equals, but because God, though infinitely high loves His creation and works for the good of His people. That God thinks of men is a testimony of His grace, not a testimony of our inherent strength, glory or worthiness. 

Worship is the exercise wherein we magnify this existing Creator-creature distinction. We reflect upon our low estate, and the Lord’s high position. We do so that we might number our days, be reacquainted with our powerlessness over creation, and find a heart of true repentance towards a God whom we have offended with our sin. From this place of humility gratitude for salvation, love for the fellows saints and an abiding heart of joy nurtured on the reality that we are not what we should be, condemned and destitute, by rather delivered by God’s grace. We should marvel at God’s loving mercy and care.