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The Eminence of God's Glory

CJ Harris, Jan. 24, 2014
The Eminence of God's Glory

Psalm 8:1

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens."

As we follow God’s path, our focus turns naturally to Him. His blazing glory far surpasses the beauty of heaven and Earth. Those who walk the world’s path recognize God’s majesty, but they must be content seeing it only in Earth's dim reflection.

The exact size of the universe is immeasurable, and its immensity reminds us of Earth’s smallness and insignificance. We even have trouble comprehending the distances that we can measure. To cover the distance across our own galaxy, the Milky Way, would take 100,000 years at light speed—that is, over one thousand lifetimes. That God pays attention to us should direct our focus onto Him, with gratitude and dependence.

In addition to His creation, God also draws attention to His glory by working through weak things to overcome the mighty (1 Cor. 1:26–29). He uses the foolish to shame the wise. God’s repeated use of the overlooked leaves the wicked perplexed and brings them to acknowledge God’s glory, if only for a brief time (Ps. 8:2). God uses all of creation—including the weak things in it—to exalt His glory to all.

Final Thought:  Oh Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.



CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.

Random fact: CJ loves every board game—with the possible exception of Candyland.


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