Our Glorious God

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Romans 1:18-23 . . . they did not honor him as God. (v. 21 ESV) God wants to be worshiped. He is worthy to be worshiped. He made us to worship him, and in worshiping him we will find joy for our souls. But God doesn’t want to be worshiped any old way. We do not worship God rightly unless we worship him as all-glorious. If older generations sometimes conceived of God as an austere kill-joy, younger generations …

Honoring in Word and Deed

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Malachi 2:1-9 . . . if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you . . . (v. 2 ESV) The minor prophets, like Malachi, were the Lord’s prosecuting attorneys. They brought God’s charges against Israel. Malachi here singles out the priests. They performed their sacrifices, but not with the prescribed offerings. They executed judgments, but did so with partiality. …

Right from Wrong

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Joshua 7:1, 16-21 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done.” (v. 19 ESV) God gets great glory when we say to him: “I was wrong; you were right.” It sounds simple, but we know in our hearts it’s about as easy as doing long division on our toes. We don’t like to admit we’re wrong. We don’t …

Glory to God and Going to Church

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Ephesians 3:14-21 . . . to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus . . . (v. 21 ESV) As a pastor I hear the question fairly often: “Why do I need to go to church?” Sometimes the questioner is a young child wanting to escape boredom on Sunday morning. Other times the questioner sincerely wonders why we must be part of a church if we can have a relationship with God anywhere, anytime. Most …

It's Not About Us

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Acts 12:20-25 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory (v. 23 ESV) Herod Agrippa was not a nice guy—he killed James the brother of John and imprisoned Peter—but he was important. He was the grandson of Herod the Great. He was a friend of emperors and one of the great princes of the East, ruling over the land of Judea. So when Herod, decked in royal robes, sat …

Gratitude Glorifies God

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (v. 15 ESV) The Heidelberg Catechism is famous for its threefold outline of Christian theology: guilt, grace, and gratitude. We are guilty sinners before God. God saves us from guilt by his grace. We respond to this grace with heartfelt gratitude. You could add a fourth “G”—glory. When we …