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Desiring God

Okay, so crazily enough, I’ve never read John Piper’s: Desiring God.  It seems like it’s a staple for a lot of friends of mine, but I’ve just never had the opportunity or taken the time to read it.  However, I recently picked up a revised addition and this week sat down to begin the book.  I’m only partway through it but I’d like to share a few excerpts from what I’ve read so far.  Hopefully they stimulate your thinking and encourage your soul.

An excerpt from Jonathan Edwards, “God glorifies Himself toward the creatures also in two ways: 1. By appearing to…their understanding.  2. In communicating Himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying, the manifestations which He makes of Himself….God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.  When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it….He that testifies his idea of God’s glory [doesn’t] glorify God so much as he that testifies also his approbation of it and his delight in it.
 
An excerpt from C.S. Lewis, “I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so the spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it…The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about…I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.
 
I mean that no one is a Christian who does not embrace Jesus gladly as his most valued treasure, and then pursue the fullness of that joy in Christ that honors Him…The world abounds with millions of unconverted people who say they believe in Jesus….The key is: Do you treasure Him more than everything?…Could it be that today the most straightforward biblical command for conversion is not, “Believe in the Lord,” but, “Delight yourself in the Lord”?
 
Worship is the way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth.  It is not a mere act of willpower by which we perform outward acts.  Without the engagement of the heart, we do not really worship.
 
We have accustomed ourselves to such meager, short-lived pleasures that our capacity for joy has shriveled.  And so our worship has shriveled.
 
 
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About Marshall Walter

Marshall Walter is the College Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley. Married to Beka, the two of them enjoying living life and sharing in ministry together.

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