Why We’re Writing: My God Is Glorious
By Jeanie Layne
As we’ve launched into this task of blogging, it has been oh-so-good for me to recall that God is worthy of our glory; it is good for my soul to give Him the praise He is due. One of our primary pursuits here at Thinking & Theology is to remind ourselves that as we know more of God—His works, His majesty, His goodness, and His faithfulness—we should and will be increasingly compelled to praise Him.
Yet, the months leading up to blog launch week have been difficult for this tired group of writers. At times, the burdens of life feel overwhelming, and to be candid, I’ve occasionally wondered if this is the right time to tackle a blog project of this nature. The enemy has been active—as he always is in our world—and it has been evident. Consequently, I have spent too much time dwelling on the difficulties of life and the activities of a foe who is ultimately unworthy of my attention.
At the same time, the last several months have convinced me that this is indeed a worthwhile project simply because God is worthy of my praise. I forget this incredible fact too often, so let me say it again: God is infinitely worthy of my praise. It is good for us to glory in His goodness, regardless of circumstance, and Psalm 111 provides a clear reminder of why it’s good to glory in the God of our salvation.
Psalm 111 is written as an acrostic, where the first line begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and each subsequent line begins with the next letter. The author’s intent in his lyric structure and language is to call us to delight in the Lord individually and corporately, and the result is resoundingly beautiful:
Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever… the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever…
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy…
He sent redemption to his people…Holy and awesome is his name!… His praise endures forever!
The author gives glory to the Lord with his whole being—his mind, his heart, and his will. He delights in the Lord in the company of others. He knows the works of the Lord and he studies them. He recalls the deep righteousness and mercy of the Lord. He glories in the Lord’s provision and covenant faithfulness. He remembers the Lord’s trustworthiness and justice; he affirms the Lord’s holiness and redemption of mankind. Simply stated, the author praises the Lord eloquently and intentionally.
Much like the unidentified author of Psalm 111, we have much reason to praise the Lord. While I may be tempted to dwell on the struggles of life, the God of the universe has done and continues to do great things in and among His people, and we can take great delight from His activity in our world. He’s given us several moments of sweet confirmation that this blog is indeed a worthwhile and timely task, and I praise Him for the ways that the project has already been a source of encouragement to many. We have much reason to glory in our God, and I am convinced that the more we delight in His work in our world, the more we will desire to sing for eternity, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev. 4:11).
So why am I writing? I am writing because I personally need to be reminded to glory in the Lord. It is good for me to glorify Him by learning His truth, considering it deeply, and communicating it clearly to those whom I encounter. This blog is a happy excuse for me to sit and ponder the glory of God through writing down the truths found in His Word, and our prayer is that every letter and every sentence would stir you to glorify the Lord as well.
We write because writing is good for our suffering and sanctification. It’s good for our assurance, our thinking, our church, and our relationships. But mostly, we write because our God is worthy of our time and our words. Should we—you and I—gain absolutely nothing from this task, He still deserves our praise. Nothing may change in your life or mine because I crank out a blog article or because you read one, but it is good for us to make much of Him simply because He is God. And because He is good, I am confident that He will not leave us unchanged.
The Lord is worth immeasurably more glory than our paltry efforts here could ever begin to communicate, but we’re going to give it a go anyway. Join us, please, and let’s glorify the Lord together.