Daily Archives: October 28, 2017

Lessons from Truths Recaptured in the Reformation I: Glory to God Alone

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This shot of the western edge of the Point that forms the western tip of Mossel Bay show the beauty of creation that gives glory to God.

This year has been one of conferences, celebrations and new books to commentate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation this coming Tuesday, October 31.

I have read and thought much about the truths recaptured by the reformers. I’ve had my fair share of the conference talks and sermons during my travels this year. 

In the next few posts I hope to remind us of these recaptured truths. As I have taught in churches, conferences and classrooms, I consider the foundation truth to be Glory to God Alone! Soli Deo Gloria

This understanding is incredibly important because we need to recognize God’s greatness first and foremost. He is our rock.

As I recently stood out on the rock of the western point of Mossel Bay in South Africa, the safety of the stability of the rock became evident. The wind and waves in this video could represent the struggles of life. But on the rock there is safety.

Scripture refers to God as our rock,  our refuge, our deliverer. In Deuteronomy, the people are told to remember how God delivered them from Egypt. Psalm 114 does just that. The beginning of Psalm 115 proclaims

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭115:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Man loves to take credit for… well… everything. Seascapes are reminders of the greatness of God.

They prevent man from taking credit even in His own mind…

Not to us oh LORD…

As Paul said to the Romans, we must not think to highly of ourselves. Who could take credit for this?

Or this?

Soli Deo Gloria!

Indeed, my belief in such a sovereign God, who loves me, gives me great peace.

Glory to God Alone!

Let us rest in Him who is our rock.


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