I thought my prof was going to have a seizure! One of my classmates in grad-school put up his hand in the middle of a theology class focusing on the person and attributes of God. “I don’t get it.” He said, “we’re looking at all these various truths about God. What difference does all this stuff about God make in my daily life?”
I might not be as brave as to ask the same question in the same way, but in reality we ask the same question every day; we effectively publish answers to that question with the way we live out each day.
Even when we try to be intentional, the process is naturally corrupted because our starting point is wrong. We start with what makes sense “to me,” because obviously “I’m the most important person in the universe!”
God has given us the Psalms in part to help us ask and answer the question, “What difference does knowing about God make in my daily life?” The answer starts with who HE is, not with me.
The process of discovery continues with one very simple question, “What do I see?” Not, “what do I think?” or “what have others said?” BUT, “what do I see in the words that God inspired in the Psalms for the original readers and for us?”
On Sunday we looked at Psalm 96. Look back again and reflect a bit. How does God’s glory – the sum total of all his attributes on display – effect the mundane of my life? How beginning with God changes everything in my life? How does God’s glory effect how I look at people who are not like me? People who may live a looooong way from me. Then — how does celebrating our glorious God impact the way I think? How does it impact the decisions I make? How does it impact our emotions?
Honestly asking God my classmate’s question might not feel like a good thing. But as we have seen, asking this question of Psalm 96 result in some answers that are life changing!
- Dave Muchmore