Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind and with all your strength.
Exodus 20:3 You must not have any other god but me.
After reading only a few verses mentioned above, it’s like God is kind of consumed with himself. It says that creation already declares His glory, but even with that he still wants us to glorify him. And not just casually, but with everything we’ve got.
Why would God do this when he asks us to not be proud? Proverbs 16:5 tells how God feels about pride, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart”.
Is God still being good in doing this?
Well, let me ask one question to help us think through this.
If you didn’t glorify God, or in other words, worship God, what would you glorify? You’re going to do it. Our hearts are always gravitating towards worship of something. We easily give ourselves to those things we are passionate about; food, sports, entertainment, sex, money, power, comfort, and many other possibilities.
So, if we’re going to worship, glorify, give ourselves to some things, wouldn’t we want it to be the best thing?
Wouldn’t we want whatever we give our hearts to give us a good return on that investment?
Well if God is God, this means that he is the very essence of all that is good. Read how a couple of men in the scripture explain him to us.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
So if God is as He is described in the verses above, would he be good is pointing us to things that are merely shadows of the real thing? Or
would God be good in relentlessly pointing us to the source…the essence of fullness of life, fullness of joy, eternal pleasure, and light.
I think most would agree that he wouldn’t.
Jesus trying to give us an earthly reference point said it like this in Matthew 7:9-11, “ Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then,who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
So God lovingly, passionately, and relentlessly keeps calling us to himself because he is good. He knows what our hearts desire. And he knows it can only be found in Him.