“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” - Psalm 145:3
There can be no greater joy than seeing and savoring the Person of Christ. What do I mean by the “Person of Christ?” I mean adoring Him not based solely on what He can do, but for who He is. “What is the difference,” you might be wondering. “What He does is part of who He is, right?” It is true that His acts are an expression of His character. But, if we worship Him because His promises are good and His wrath is horrible, is He truly glorified in our lives?
Think about it…an imperfect lord can offer good gifts and terrible threats. And a person may desire the gifts and fear the threats and therefore follow a lord he doesn’t even like, much less love and treasure. He might do so only to receive the gifts and avoid the threats. Our faith must be different than this…it must mean treasuring Christ because He is worthy. Our following Him must be rooted in the truth of His great and glorious Person. This is when we will experience true joy, a joy that will exalt Christ and draw others to Him.
His works are great because God is great. If we aren’t careful, these wonderful works will become idols, with His people worshiping the gifts instead of the Giver. Please understand, I am not minimizing the wonderful works of the Lord. Rather, I am saying that these works should point us to God Himself as our supreme satisfaction, delight, and source of joy.
Believing in Christ means trusting Him not only as Savior and Lord, but also treasuring Him above all else. These are His words, not mine. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37-38).
Ask yourself the question: “Am I delighting in the Person of Christ or the works of Christ?”
Dear Father, Please draw me to Your heart. May Your works point me to You, the Giver of all good things. You alone are worthy of my praise.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.