From Explanation to Adoration

images (1)As Christians, we must discuss what it means when the Bible describes God in a certain way, using certain terms.  I believe Bible studies and seminary classrooms where we engage in the task of explanation and even friendly debate when it comes to understanding the character of God are wonderful and necessary.  We should be people of precision in our comprehension of God, and that takes work.  We have to go into study mode, clarification mode, and definition mode, but the attributes of God should never stay in those modes.

As I was studying Psalm 90 last week, I was struck by how Moses (the author) gives significant explanatory attention to the reality that God is eternal, yet he begins the Psalm by praising God for this attribute (vv. 1-2).

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Do you get stuck in the duty of defining and explaining while forgetting the duty of adoring worship?  Your precise understanding of God should always lead you to acute, pointed praise.  Because we do the work of studying and clarifying God’s character, we can praise him in a more specific way, drawing  out deeper realities that please him and bless us more.  The work of explanation makes worship richer and fuller, because as we study God more, we see that he is so much more amazing than we often realize.


About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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