Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Really Amazing Thing

"I cry out to God Most High,
     to God who fulfills his purpose for me."
Psalm 57:2

Yet another version of that beautiful promise from Philippians 1:6 and Job 23:14 : God WILL complete the good work He began in me. His purpose is to conform me to the image of His Son, and it WILL be fulfilled! That's just who God is: "God-who-fulfills-his-purpose-for-me."

But notice the juxtaposition of these two lines: He is God Most High, subject to no one, unsurpassed in greatness, unmatched in the universe. He is glorious and mighty, exalted far above all. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Who am I? Just one of six billion people on the planet today; just one of countless millions who have lived since Eden. When  you consider all that this Most High God has to control and direct and keep track of--the universe of stars and planets, let alone the workings of our planet alone, the winds and waves, governments and kings, animals from the rhinoceros to the gnat, invisible viruses and is it that He even knows my name?

But He doesn't just know my name; He knows how many hairs are on my head! and He not only knows all about me, my every thought before I speak--He loves me. His is not a detached, clinical knowledge; it is a knowing and loving, knowing and choosing, knowing and adopting and redeeming and transforming. How is it that this Most High God could have a purpose for me, much less one so grand as to make me like His Son?

It seems to me that the really amazing thing isn't that God fulfills His purposes--that seems so obvious as to be self-evident. Of course He does; who could thwart the Most High? No, the incredible thing is that He has a purpose for me at all.

And yet it's true. Praise His name.

What He Desires, That He Does

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