Thursday, July 9, 2009

Glorious...and mysterious

"You make everything glorious, and I am Yours, so what does that make me?"

This rhetorical question, asked by David Crowder in a song he wrote (called "Glorious") is a song rooted both in Scripture and in mystery.

First, let me start by saying that I tend to pull away from people who seem to have all the answers.  More and more, I find myself serving a God of mystery, a God that I can't understand.  Those that have all of their doctrine and theology perfected, where everything is answerable, well, I just don't buy it.  God is too big for my mind, at least, to comprehend...and yet, at the same time, He is knowable, personal, and reachable.  His gospel is mysterious for a lifetime of study, and simple enough for a child to understand.

For example, read these Scriptures and meditate on them for a minutes;

[Jesus praying to God] "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me." (John 17:20-23).

[Paul writing] "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Cor 3:18).

Now stop for a minute and consider - as a believer we are taught from a very young age about God's holiness, His awesome power, His purity; we read in Scripture that He is jealous, and that every time a human encounters God the response is the same - face down, and worship...or as Isaiah said, "woe is me."  We do everything to bring glory to God.  And yet, here we read that Jesus has given us His glory.  And yet we read Paul saying that we are in this constant process of being transformed into His glory.  Could it be true?  What does it mean?  I am so awful, so sinful, so dirty, and yet, I read things like that in the Bible...it is a mystery to me. 

And here's the real kicker - I'm sure I could sit down with someone smarter than me, and there are plenty of options, and they could explain from a theological or hermanuetical perspective exactly what this means...but I'm not sure I want to.  I like mystery...worship, in a sense, starts with mystery...and wonder.

This is why that song has gripped my heart.

"You make everything glorious, and I am Yours, so what does that make me?"

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