Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Psalm 30 Worship God, not Self

KEY TEXT Ps 30:6-7 As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved." By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

KEY THOT: The goal of our salvation is not self-gratification but God-glorification, not self-actualization but Christ-realization. Even David became overly self-focused when he was successful. In verse 6, he writes: “I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall not be moved'" and he admits in verse 7 that God hid his face from him as a result and he became dismayed (v.7). The NET bible translates verses 6-7 as: "In my self-confidence I said, 'I will never be upended.' O Lord, in your good favor you made me secure. Then you rejected me and I was terrified." 

Like David, we may begin to think that God saves and has favour upon us in order that we might be prosperous and successful--to boost our self-confidence. If we think this way, we have missed the point. He does not save us to exalt self, but God so that we might again become the creatures that glorify and praise God in our worship. Christ did not come to die for us to exalt self but to extol God: “When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor 15:28). The end-point of our salvation is not gratification of self but the glorification of God: “that my glory (mouth) may sing your praise and not be silent” (Ps 30:12).

When we stop worshipping God, we end up worshiping ourselves. We can only find our "self" when we "lose" self in Christ. We cannot find our true "self" by focusing on gratifying "self" but by glorifying Christ through self-denial and self-death: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself [self-denial] and take up his cross [self-death] and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matt 16:24-25). Here is one of the hard sayings of Jesus because it contradicts and condemns the worldly and self-serving secular philosophy that now prevails in the world.

Father, we thank You have called us to die to self in order to gain it in Christ through worshipping God, not self. Restore to us the joy of salvation as we re-learn how to glorify You, not ourselves. Amen.

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