The Painted Door Church - Chicago
The Psalter of Jesus: The Case for Awe // Psalm 8
May 21, 2017
Pastor Mark Bergin
The things we make say a lot about us. They reveal what we like, and therefore reveal something of what we are like. So too with our God. This world he made reveals what he likes, and therefore something of what he is like. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” the psalmist writes. And again: “The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.” In the many varied ways that this world glimmers to us, we are given opportunity to marvel at the glory of God, to wonder at his creativity and imagination. And it is only in being awestruck by him that we rightly see the value of his creation. When our awe wanes, we mistreat the creation -- either by over-valuing it and asking some piece of it to be our god; or by devaluing it and subjugating some piece of it to be our slave. But God would rescue us from those swamps of ruin. If what he has made cannot hold our gaze, then perhaps he can do so in the flesh. Jesus came into the world not to reflect God like the rest of creation, but to embody him. He came to arrest our hearts and fill us with awe to everlasting.