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December 16, 2013, 4:49 PM

Big Picture Living



It occurred to me while musing over Psalm 66 that the key to living in the joy of God’s sovereignty is learning to look from His point of view. This chapter in the Psalms is but a small example. In it there is a contrast. There is a call to praise God at all times because He is always good and faithful to His people. He always leads them in triumph. However, if you take a closer look (vss. 10-12) you will see that the people of God will be put through some severe tests. The test the psalmist mentions is quite severe indeed. In the flesh I can’t imagine praising God for putting “crushing burdens on our backs” or letting “men ride over our heads”. Yet this is exactly what the psalmist is doing. Life is not always easy in the kingdom of God.  So what does it mean to look from God’s perspective? Two things we must keep in mind. One, As God’s people, this world is not our home. We are citizens of an eternal kingdom. This life is a disappearing vapor. Two, our purpose here is gradual transformation. Our sin has clouded our vision. It has impaired our judgment. We are born with the inclination to think that in the things of this world we can be satisfied, fulfilled. This vision and judgment needs to be changed if we are ever going to see the glory of God and find pleasure in Him. Testing and suffering cause us to look up, look beyond this temporal world. Times of darkness (misunderstanding, disillusionment, indecision, etc.) cause us to cry to Father like the leper, the paralytic, and the blind cried to Jesus.  These are times of desperation that God allows in our life to refocus us and improve our judgment. He wants us to become dependent on Him so that we may see His glory and find pleasure in Him. 


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