Tuesday, April 21, 2009

As It Was, Is, and Will Be

"Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever will be."--Gloria Patri, a traditional Christian hymn

The Gloria Patri, an ancient hymn, contains a good reminder of the fact that God does not need us. It provides us with a chance to laud our Lord, but focuses on the fact that God has been glorified since time began, and will be glorified long after we live on this earth. He doesn't need us to glorify Him. What did Jesus say? If we are silent, the very rocks will cry out glory to God. If we stop glorifying God, our lives may lose their meaning, but God will not lose His glory.

This shows God's love on the Cross to be amazing. The Gospel is not a "God scratches our back, we scratch His" kind of thing. He needs no one to scratch His back. But, regardless of His perfect state of glory, He decided to love us and give Himself for us. Through glorifying God, we can live fulfilling lives. We praise Him because we need to, not because He needs us to.


Ben said...

(and thanks to your last post, that is a legitimate comment!!)

L. D. Torres said...

I couldn’t agree more! We live in a self-serving, self-focused, and audaciously labeled “self-sufficient” culture. I’m glad you’ve noticed the God esteem that is desperately needed within the body. Excellent post my man!

Daniel said...

St Denio gives a similar reminder in more words:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most bless├Ęd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.