How happy would Christians be if they rightly enjoyed their privileges!
It is their privilege to be “without carefulness.” If they trusted in God as they ought, nothing could disturb them. Hence the exhortation to joy in God.
Let the afflicted saints then commit themselves to Him; let them know that duty is theirs, but events are His.
~Charles Simeon, 1759-1836
“Glorifying” means feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect His greatness, that make much of God, that give evidence of the supreme greatness of all His attributes and the all-satisfying beauty of His manifold perfections.
~John Piper from his sermon, Glorifying God … Period.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
~1 Corinthians 10:31
As God carries on the work of converting the souls of fallen men through all ages, so He goes on to justify them, to blot out all their sins, and to accept them as righteous in His sight through the righteousness of Christ.
He goes on to adopt and receive them from being the children of Satan to be His own children, to carry on the work of His grace which He has begun in them, to comfort them with the consolations of His Spirit, and to bestow upon them, when their bodies die, that eternal glory which is the fruit of Christ’s purchase.
-Jonathan Edwards from The Works of Jonathan Edwards
I’ve found this prayer from King David a helpful reminder of who I come before in my quiet time and who I live before each hour of the day.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
–1 Chronicles 29:11-13
In his sermon, The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners, Jonathan Edwards gives us a sobering description of the man who lives in rebellion to his Maker:
… a little, wretched, despicable creature; a worm, a mere nothing, and less than nothing; a vile insect that has risen up in contempt against the Majesty of heaven and earth.
All Christians were once living in that same proud rebellion. Surprisingly, God didn’t squash us, but instead He adopted us into His family. What an incredible act of undeserved love.
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
-Isaac Watts, 1674-1748