Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Seeing Christ in the Psalms: Psalm 115


Psalm 115 begins with our purpose in life, to bring glory to the Lord: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory." In order to bring him glory, the triune God created us to reflect his image on the earth.  While all other nations put images in their temples, in the Lord's temple there were no images, for human beings were created to reflect his image throughout the temple of the earth.

With the entrance of sin into the world, man no longer reflects God's image on the earth as he ought.  Our independence from the Lord actually brings slavery to "gods" who cannot see, hear, smell, feel or act, and those who rely on such false gods become like the evil one who is behind all idolatry and was a liar and murderer from the beginning.

Thus, the Lord in his love and faithfulness (v. 1), sent his Son to the earth, who is the exact image or representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3).  He came in our flesh and perfectly reflected the Father's character in his humanity.  Through his perfect trust of the Father and his instruction, Jesus brought glory to God and salvation to man.

The Father desires to restore man to the dependent and delightful fellowship that brings him glory as we are conformed to the image of his Son.  We become like the gods we choose to trust and rely on.  Sadly, the choice of idols makes us less and less human as we become as blind, deaf, dumb and incompetent to do good as the false gods we choose.  But happily, we are invited to choose the true God by receiving his Son, who will bring us into the trusting fellowship we were created for.  By learning to trust and rely on our triune God, we are being restored into his image so that we might bring glory to our Father and to His Son.  Not to us, not to us, but to his name be glory, for he redeems and restores his people in his love.

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