Yesterday’s post was an introduction to today’s topic. If you haven’t read it, click here.
Francis Chan refers his readers of Crazy Love in Chapter 1 to a youtube video called Awe Factor of God when talking about developing a high view of God. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ya12I036lg] I encourage you to take a few minutes and watch it. When I first watched this video, I must admit that I was unimpressed. After all, I’ve seen these images often enough that they’ve become commonplace. But when I watched again with the purpose of developing a high view of God, I saw them in a different light.
Psalm 8 comes to mind in the form of one of Keith Green’s How Majestic is Your Name from my early days as a Christ-follower.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which Thou have appointed;
What is man that Thou dost take thought of him,
And the son of man that Thou should care for him?
To have a high view of God means that I will acknowledge his majesty, sovereignty and power, his incredible creativity and might. When I look at the universe that God has created, I cannot deny him or his attributes.
When I allow myself to think too familiarly of God, my perspective skews. He becomes commonplace, a friend, a confidante–the angel on my shoulder. My own sense of self-importance inevitably grows. I begin to think that I can “help” God, or that He needs me to accomplish his purposes here on earth.
Who am I? I am but a speck of dust on a tiny planet, orbiting a tiny star – one star among millions.
God does not need my help.
I am a created being, not the Creator.
The planets and stars will continue to spin without my input.
Psalm 104 is an excellent place to begin rethinking my place.