A Blockbuster God
Are you a movie fan? If you are, summer is a fantastic time for you. In summer, Hollywood always seems to pull out some of their biggest blockbuster attempts. So did you see or are you planning to see any blockbuster films? Transformers: Age of Extinction? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? How to Train Your Dragon 2? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Planes: Fire and Rescue?
You might have huge anticipation built up for these movies. You may check every day to see when they are going to come to a theater near you. You long for that movie to come out so you can take it all in. As the release gets closer it’s almost as if you can taste it – the excitement, the adventure, the drama, the explosiveness! In Psalm 63 David expresses his longing and anticipation for the Lord, even comparing it to a deep thirst:
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Do you have such a longing for God? Much of the excitement and anticipation of the blockbuster movies comes from the previews. There you see glimpses of what to expect. David’s longing for God came from knowing who God is and what God does. David had seen not just glimpse, but the entire beauty, majesty, and splendor of God. He writes:
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
You also have seen God. You also have seen his power and his glory. His power and glory goes beyond the special effects of blockbuster films. Your God created the heavens and the earth. Your God created you. Such thoughts of our holy, majestic, and glorious God may even bring sadness and despair, because we know we have fallen far short of his expectations for us. You know the disgust and disappointment when the Hollywood blockbuster doesn’t live up to your expectations. Imagine God’s disgust and disappointment as he views the film roll of our lives. Yet, David praises God because he knows his love:
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
This love that produces praise is the incredible love and forgiveness God has displayed in his son, Jesus, and in all Jesus has done for us. Jesus’ death to take away our sins and his gift of righteousness and eternal life are God’s true glory and majesty.
When a movie truly is a blockbuster and wows, dazzles, and impresses us, it also sticks with us. We rave about it to our friends. We keep thinking about the incredible scenes and the climax, and the twist we didn’t see coming. David also kept thinking of God and his love, reveling in happiness, delight, and security:
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. – Psalm 63
As you consider the blockbuster films of the summer, remember the blockbuster love of your God. He has forgiven all of your sins and brought you satisfaction and life in Jesus. He upholds you with his right hand.
Beautiful Savior’s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms. These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on God’s Word.