God In His Glory

Here’s another lively one I wrote more recently. I had been thinking about how the Reformed regularly comment that what makes for a well rounded presentation of the gospel is to start with “God and his glory,” instead of “man and his need,” which seems too often to be the case in evangelical evangelism. The following little outline developed, focusing on the triune God and the part each plays in the creation and redemption of the sinner:

  • God and his glory
  • Man and his shame
  • Christ and his cross
  • The Spirit and his grace

Then I tried to summarize what they do for us in justification, sanctification and glorification:

  • Justify by faith
  • Sanctify by truth
  • Perseverance to the end
  • Glorification

After mulling these things over for a while, a tune began to develop in my head. The finished product has the potential to be a kind of “Song That Never Ends”

God in his glory

made man who fell in shame,

needing Christ and his cross,

by the Spirit and his grace

to justify through faith

and sanctify by truth

for persevering to the end,

till we join

God in his glory

who made man who fell in shame

needing Christ and his cross

by the Spirit and his grace

to justify through faith

and sanctify by truth

for persevering to the end!

(to repeat as many times as desired, simply keeping adding “till we join” and start over again.)

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