“For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 48:9-11 ESV).

The God-centeredness of God is an amazing thing. Some cannot get their hearts and their minds around a God who is chiefly devoted to His own glory and praise, but that is the God we see in the Bible. Just consider what we see in the Psalms; there we see 150 songs all about how great God is, that God commands His people to read and sing so that their hearts will be encouraged and their souls sanctified. If I were to do something like that it would be completely egotistical and wrong… If I were to write 150 songs about how great I am and give them as a gift to my wife and tell her to read and sing them so that she could be encouraged and edified, it would not go over well… But, as crazy and wrong as this would be for me, it is good and right for God.

God is God-centered and chiefly devoted to His own glory and praise because He is the most worthy and glorious being in all existence. I mean, think about it, if God shouldn’t be chiefly devoted to His own glory and praise then whose glory and praise should He be devoted to? Just as it is idolatrous and wrong for us to worship any one or any thing but God, so too is it wrong for God to do so. If the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, and anything less is sin, then the chief end of God is to glorify God and to enjoy Himself forever, because anything less would be sin and God is perfect and would never sin. So logically it makes sense that God is all about God; it’s a part of what makes Him God, and it’s an implication of His perfection. But, what’s truly remarkable about God being all about His glory and praise is that that’s exactly what leads Him to show us grace and save us. He saves us from ourselves, from our sin, and from His wrath so that we can glorify Him and enjoy Him forever; and in so doing He magnifies His glory and enables us to do the same. If God were not God-centered we would have no hope. So praise the Lord for His God-centeredness, His mercy, and His grace, for that’s exactly what He saved you for.

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick