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Majestic Beauty, Incomparable Glory

Seeing God for who he truly is results in joyful worship and compelling commendation.

Introduction

Recently while riding on an airplane, I was doing some light reading. As usual, this book had endorsements on the back, and one caught my eye. This particular person gave a blurb and then was identified as being the author of a New York Times bestseller, as well as the designator “Former Chief Evangelist for Apple.” And if you look, many tech companies now have such positions, garnering a following for their products. If you go to the Apple Store, you will see employees and consumers who are passionate about their product. There is a kind of worship and commendation going on. They love it and believe it, and so they talk about it with gusto.

People love all sorts of things. I love my family, teaching, biking, hiking, cheesecake, college football, and a host of other things. I talk about all these things; you do not have to coerce me to do so.

So the question becomes, do we know God? Is that knowledge of God truly shaping our minds, affections, and actions? How vast is our love for God? Are we in awe of his absolute majesty and glory? I pray that God would open our eyes to this reality as we read from Psalm 145.

This is the very last of the psalms of David in the Psalter. It is contained in book 5 (Psalm 107–150). The trajectory of the whole Book of Psalms seems to be going toward Yahweh’s eschatological triumph through the conquering Davidic king, who brings about judgment on his enemies and salvation for his people. Psalm 145 is an acrostic psalm (cf. Ps. 25, 34, 119), meaning that the beginning of each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (aleph, bet, gimel, daleth, etc.). One letter of the alphabet (nun) is lacking from the Hebrew text, but one Hebrew manuscript ...

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Jeremy Kimble is Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University and the author of '40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline' (Kregel, 2017).

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