Monday, February 6, 2017

How Great Is Our God

Chris Tomlin has penned the song "How Great Is Our God", describing the wonder and beauty of our God. In keeping with Chris's usual strong Biblical references, he begins with a point of faith in Revelation where, according to Irenaeus, all of our interpretation of the Bible should start. (Irenaeus was taught by Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. Irenaeus preached that all of Scripture should be read from the point of view that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's great story, and that only by understanding the meaning of his death and resurrection can the Bible be correctly interpreted.) The song begins "The splendor of a king, clothed in majesty". Think of the imagery in those words. What does it bring to mind? For this writer, it calls to mind a king wearing a robe of royal cloth, in a beautiful, well-adorned and lavish palace. They point to Jesus as Lord and King (Rv 19:16). Though these words are lush, they do not adequately describe the beatific joy we will all feel when we are with Jesus, the King.

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