God is Good...a Cliche?

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have often heard the following said:

Pastor: God is good...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...God is good!
While, I agree with that, it would behoove many of us to remember that because God is good, we must remember what we are. We are creatures made in the image of God who bring dishonor to that very image. It is sad. It is evil. It is the truth. God is good. We are not. Recall God's assessment of humanity:
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen. 6:5, cf. 8:21)
So we should not keep ourselves from praising God with such refrains as seen above, but we should marry our praise with repentance. How different would our response to God be if we would say such things as:
Pastor: God is holy...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...God is holy!

Pastor: Man is evil...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...Man is evil!
Then the fact that God chooses to save sinners through the sacrifice of his Son would be a worshipful thing and not a cliche!

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