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Monday, April 21, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 11:33-36
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
It was an odd verse to use for Easter, but Pastor Dave’s sermon yesterday focused on the glory and majesty of God and the need to worship him. In the NIV, this passage is labeled Doxology, which if you break down the roots of the word, means the study of (-ology) glory (doxa). Dave’s sermon idea is that your theo-logy is incomplete without some doxo-logy; a head knowledge of God needs to be coupled with a sense of wonder, awe, praise and worship of Him. As a kid growing up in the Methodist church, I knew of the Doxology (“Praise Him from whom all blessings flow …”) that we sung as the offering plates were being brought up from the back. However, it was a word that took on a particular meaning rather than a general meaning of a piece of praise. We need to study God’s majesty and glory to remind us how big He is and how small we are. Sometimes we get a bit too relational with God, focusing on God as a nearby person who we can have a personal relationship with god, and forget how magnificent God is.Give verses 34 and 35 a second look. Do you want to play Monday morning quarterback with God? That’s not a good career move, but one we do far too often. Can we outgive God? If not, don’t get smug about the donation check and/or the hours you spent helping out your church. God is still our Abba Daddy, but he’s the ultimate Big Daddy.

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