O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
John Piper wrote, “When I was in seminary, a wise professor told me that besides the Bible I should choose one great theologian and apply myself throughout life to understanding and mastering his thought…. The theologian I have devoted myself to is Jonathan Edwards.”
Piper was particularly influenced by Edwards’ dissertation about the reason God created the world, which was ultimately and exclusively for His glory. Everything is of God and in God and to God. The presence of beauty in this sin-cursed world is a reflection of the glory of God.1
This autumn as you watch the swirls of oranges, reds, and browns; as the birds migrate above you; as the harvest rolls in around you; and as you see the sun set earlier in the sky, take time to reaffirm your faith in God. Trust the Creator with all your heart and say to Him: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.”
In the creatures’ knowing, esteeming, loving, rejoicing in and praising God, the glory of God is both exhibited and acknowledged; His fullness is received and returned.