I preached on Psalm 8 last Sunday and the one question that automatically came to mind when I prepared the sermon was, “What’s the practical use of seeing the glory of God in nature?”
First off, it is good to keep in mind that not all parts of the Bible demand practical application. I know this can be a bit of a snag for some of us. We are, after all, trained to make personal applications whenever we hear or read something nice. We are that passionate about obedience. But notice that the biggest point of the entire Bible, the salvation of man through Jesus Christ, is not something you do or apply. It is something God does to you. So no, not all verses demand practical application.
I belabor to point that out because the glory of God is not something you practically apply to yourself. You can’t make a “to do list” out of it. No, the glory of God is something that overwhelms you, stirs up your sense of wonder, arrests your imagination, and leaves you speechless. In other words, there are probably no immediate practical uses to seeing the glory of God. It’s like watching the most beautiful sunset or watching a live performance of the most beautiful music you’ve ever heard. There’s no practical use to it but it leaves your heart full and satisfied and strangely warmed. It doesn’t drive you to action. It fulfills you in a way that you can’t even begin to describe.
That is glory. And we all need to feel that. [Read more…]