For almost two weeks, I have been digging in to some odd, interesting, and amazing truths from the book, Desiring God by John Piper. I am currently reading the book, but I have only introduced to you, these interesting issues that I found worth discussing and posting, most of which are all found in the first chapter. I’ve lead many of the readers up to a point of questions, now finally I plan on finishing up this chapter and cover most of the answer to these questions : We’ve talked about God as the happiest being and as the most supreme sovereign being. And that His ultimate goal is to glorify Himself. So why create humans? Well, creation, all of it -including humans, is a spillover of God’s excellence. Even in our sin and our evil. We still fit in God’s design and we are a part of God’s excellence.
Piper: “It is no argument of the emptiness or deficiency of a fountain, that it is inclined to overflow.” So is God lacking in something, so He created us to fulfill something missing, Piper would say NO!What about the idea of love does not seek its own? Is God compensating for something He doesn’t have or feeling better about insecurity via human praise? Piper also refutes this with the Bible. We know that there is nothing above God; we also know that God is not weak and has no deficiencies. Romans 11:36 tells us that “from Him and through Him and to Him all things are made.” Everything that is in existence owes that existence to God Himself and no one can add something to God that is not already there. Therefore God’s zeal for Himself and His desire to be praised by man is not because of any weakness or compensate for any deficiency.What about love not seeking its own? Does that apply to God? Think about it this way, if God were to turn His love away from Himself, the true source of infinite joy, then He would be implying that there is something greater than Himself, something above Him. And he would cease to be God. God is love precisely because He relentlessly pursues the praises of His own name in the hearts of man. So no that rules does not apply to God, for if it did, he would no longer be God. One last thought before I call it a blog, this piece puts things together in a different light. Our delight in something is never complete until it is expressed. Let me illustrate that idea: If you are in love with your wife/husband, you want to tell him/her all the things that you like about him/her. You do not feel obligated to do so, you just WANT to. Also in the same light, your lover cannot read your mind, although he/she knows that you love him/her, he/she WANTS also to hear you say that you love him/her.
It is the same with God and our delight in Him is also not complete unless we express that praise!