What do you see?
Psalm 97: 6 (Message) The heavens announce that he’ll set everything right, And everyone will see it happen—glorious!
- Announcing heavens
- Set right
- Non-restricted seeing
All to do with my heavenly Father, he is glorious.
The NASB translations says it like this “…The heavens declareHis righteousnessand all the people’s have seen His glory…”
A heavens that speak to us is our wonderful gift, a declaring, an announcing heavens, lets listen to what it declares, the coming of “…Let your kingdom come…” the arrival of a King arriving to “…set everything right…” The order, and rule, the right way up, as it is in heaven, is being declared through and by the heavens, lets listen! Letting the eternal sound catch our inner person grooming us drawing us to look beyond the moment to see what is still to arriving in God’s economy.
“Setting everything right” is this not the same as your kingdom come, you and I have been brought into asking, praying, for what the heavens and Christ are declaring, the work of a unified voice of all creation people and heavens. The Fathers order coming, the house of God arriving in all creation, the Kings way a highway through all of cosmos which includes my ‘little’ world. At the school gate, in the office during classroom time, at home with the toddlers, on the road as I drive, you see it around you as you live it. Making the far country where my abode is to be that my life is, the far country of the Kingdom of God that has arrived and is still arriving this order everything set right that is the Fathers house.
This setting in order that the Psalmist speaks of is not to be a hidden thing or in a removed place secluded small with drawn place but a place where the seeing is non-restrictive a place that “…everyone will see it happen…”
“And every one will see it happen-glorious” or “And all the people’s, have seen His glory” can this be the glory that is Christ given that is in the process of being reveled, the same that Paul writes to the Ephesus church about in the book of Ephesians that the church is to be “…the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places…” (Eph 3:10) followed by “…to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen…” (Eph 3:21). The reveling of the church, the called out ones that are the carriers of Gods glory that will fill the earth “…as the waters cover the sea…”?
The called out people of God are the display of His Glory, we are introduced and believe in Christ that is a gift giver to the church, in John 17 we note that he gives to the church two things, one being His Word and the other, wait for it this is mind bending, see now he has given, past tense, to the church……His glory. Not something to be hunted for or chased after but lived in light of, now read these two scriptures before you stamp all over me:
John 17: 5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…”
V 22 “…The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;”
The glory to make an open display of in the whole fabric of creation – every one will see it happen-glorious.
One of our Western challenges, or where ever there is the hold of consumerism in the culture we live in, that has subtle impact upon all of us in relation to our desire for God our chase of the Holy Spirit which I believe we need to be careful and wise with. If we do not we will find our journey towards maturity and desire for the Father being put off course.
Firstly let me say, of course the people of God are to deepen their intimacy with the Father realizing that he has made the way possible and it is not us that creates the possibility or means but its his grace that has done it all. Every blockage has been removed, every meandering pathway has been straightened, every chasm has been crossed by the Father. In essence there is no reason but for our own self that we cannot be deeply intimate with the Father. The work has been “…finished…” it is open to us to first enjoy and be one with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The onward chase or search for God must not come from our way of society, from our cultural paradigm. The society we live in places demands on us daily see it or not its there. A demand from leadership at the top of every organization, we are expected to increase our results against our expanding changing forms of evaluation, just look at our schooling system let alone the business world. It’s the promise of unlimited progress with the need of continuous improvement (Japanese concept – kaizen). Most of our world is competitive, we like to win and beat the competition. We must not bring this into the world of the Father.
Our world holds up individual liberties as a high goal along with the pursuit of happiness and consumer mentality but this way of life has produced a cycle that has been so below our radar. In the retail world we see first “customer satisfaction” as being a high goal and so it should, but here is the subtlety, in order to bring satisfaction we have first have to produce dissatisfaction with where we are, what we are, along with what we have gained. Paul tells us that had learned to be content with little/nothing and much, I would suggest that contentment was not based on what was still to come but on what has been given and what is available now.
We see our commitments at point of purchase only lasting until the next unit is developed and made available, when the next model or style or fashion comes on the market dissatisfaction moves in. This has a way of pushing its way into our relationship and pursuit of God which me must become fully aware of, other wise we are wanting more due to societies ability to subtly produce discontentment’s and we want more.
Of course we are to be intimate and enjoy God, for he has made a way. It’s an overflow and growing of our love that manifests in our desire to be continuously conscious of the Christ and the Father as there is never a moment where he is not present in his fullness. Which should have an effect on how we live NOW. Not because I need more as what I have is not enough due to consumer dissatisfaction
Be careful that my cry for more flows from my love and not from this invasion of the society we live in that has a subtle way of producing discontent with a promise of contentment “when I”, “if I”
The psalmist here brings an encouragement to join the declaration throughout the fabric of creation “set things right” we are to declare “Your Kingdom Come” make this place the setting of your environment o Lord as we bring your Kingdom in daily life we declare we show the heavens the glory of the Lord.
The heavens and the called out people of God announce he will set all things right, a unified voice, purpose and work come about in setting things right with an invading Kingdom that is arriving at every hand