After rereading the description of the Word of God this morning (Ps. 19:7-11), I turned to Romans–The Mt. Everest of Scripture. And–if this is indeed the highest elevation of all holy writings–then chapters 9-11 are the very top of the sacred literature world! Jodi and I read those amazing chapters this morning. Like all of Scripture, this section presents the truth of the absolute sovereignty of God (see 9:10-26). Furthermore, the Apostle Paul points clearly to Jesus Christ as the only “object” for genuine saving faith (see 10:9). These chapters boldly proclaim that salvation is a monergistic work (“one-working”) of God (see 9:12, 16; 11:6) and stress the necessity of faith in that very same salvation process (see 10:9-13). We also find an intensely personal discussion on the nation of Israel (see 9:1-3; 10:1; 11:1) along with the declaration of a future revival (see 11:25-27). I also love the Apostle’s repeated stress that God’s people are not to be confused with physical Israel. Currently, there is a physical Israel (the nation in the Middle East) and a spiritual Israel (the Church). Using an account in the life of the prophet Elijah, Paul likens the present church (those in his day and those in our own day) to the seven thousand Israelites who refused to worship Baal (See 11:2-15 [Also Rom. 2:24 and Gal. 6:15]). So how should we respond to these awesome truths? First, we should do as Paul did. We should worship!
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:33-36).
That’s worship–a verbal declaration that God is great and greatly to be praised! Do you also recall the exhortation given for silent worship? Paul answers any possible questioning of the character of God by saying, “You might want to keep your mouth shut” (see Rom. 9:19-21). God is God. Period. He does that which best promotes His own glory (9:17; 22-24). And–as His people (9:25)–we wouldn’t have it any other way. So–even if we cannot fully reconcile predestination and our responsibility to the commandments to repent and believe–we worship. We worship in silent trust as well as in outspoken praise. God deserves both!
Second, we should enthusiastically promote the faithful preaching of God’s Word and the efforts of individuals in evangelistic and missions work.
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things’ “ (Rom. 10:14-15)!
Do you see why I entitled these chapters “the very top of the sacred literature”?! Good stuff! I began my day today in the Himalayas. How did you begin yours?