Sunday, October 23, 2011

Does God Serve You?

Psalm 86:9 (ESV) tells us: "All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord," and shall glorify your name."  

Pretty clear, we are to serve God by glorifying his name and worshiping him.

However, there is more to this verse than meets the eye.
Digression into a rant:One of the worst uses of the bible the Internet has made worse.  You can now, with the speed of the computer, find a verse for nearly anything, if you don't bother to look at the context.

this, however, is not a NEW problem, it has been around as long as the Bible has. Here is an example for the early 17th century. Galileo proposed that the Sun was the center of our solar system, and the planets circled it, rather than the Earth being the center of the Universe, and everything circling the Earth. Some things about Galileo you have to know before you can understand how strange this part of our history is.  First, he was a STRONG Christian. If you would like to read more on this, and science in general as it relates to Christians, read: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.  
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This position was arrived at on the behalf of God, on the basis of Pslam 93:1 (ESV) "The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved." (Italics added)  Seems "it shall never be moved," is violated by  Galileo's ungodly belief that the Sun is the center of our solar system.

Yet, the sun IS the center of the solar system.  Great example of the using 1 verse to prove what you want to prove, backing it with "The Word of God," and still being wrong.  Worse, you drag God's name through the mud too.


Back to Does God Serve You? and Psalm 86:9.  So, it is Bad to just use one verse to decide the will of God. So let us look at Psalm 86:8 - 10 (ESV): "There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God."

In a Greater context, it is still NOT about God serving you, it is about YOU serving God, worshiping God, Glorifying God, noticing God.

Yet, we are still not at the beginning of David's prayer.  Remember that David is the one human being that was closest to the heart of God before Jesus, and how and what he prayed is an awesome clue for us.  

This is Psalm 86: 1-7 (ESV): Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me."

Let me paraphase.

The prayer starts with, "Listen to me NOW, for I am messed up."  That is certainly about God helping David.

The next several lines are all about, "help me," "I need help," "help me because I am yours," "help me because you are Good," and end with "Listen up God, because I am in trouble."  Also, all about God being of service to David.

And God did.  Thus the thanks in the next few verses.  David did not ask in vain, ever.  He did not need proof for he knew that God would help.  We call that faith.  So did he. Pretty cool.

So yes, we are of service to God, but he does not need our service.  And yes, he is of service to us, though he does not need to be.  The greatest service he has ever been to us is that of John 3:16.  For no reason, other than Love, he reached out to us, and gave us eternal life, if we wanted it.  If you have not accepted the free gift of God, and you want to, get more information by click HERE, or watch this video.

The real question is not does God serve us, or do we serve God, but rather, why does he call us his children and Love us so much.  Why did he create us to begin with, whether it was 6000 years ago in the person of Adam and Eve, or 150 million years ago in 10,000 humans who had the breath of life breathed into them by God.  

Yes, it is because he loves us.  But not like I love my cats.  Because, Jesus told us, he wants a personal relationship with us, and for that, we had to be made in his spiritual image.  Free. Spiritual. Capable of Love. That, I believe, is the whole point.  We were created to Glorify God yet we were created for companionship and love. God is, in fact, of service to us too.

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