This Sunday we will be introducing a new song called Grace So Glorious. I'm really excited about the Gospel truth that is presented in this song and as we sing together, you have the opportunity to not only proclaim the truth of the Gospel over your own heart, but also into the heart and life of those who will be singing along with you. Corporate worship isn't complete in singing alone, but singing is actually commanded in Scripture as a vital aspect of the gathered people of God (Psalm 95:1; Psalm 33:2-3).
The reason I chose to introduce this song is because this Sunday Pastor Tim is teaching on Ephesians 5:18, which instructs us to live filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is another way of saying living in light of the grace and glory of God. In our minds, we tend to separate the ideas of grace and glory. Grace is God's unmerited favor toward us and glory is something ethereal that speaks of God's power and perfection. The reality is the relationship between these two concepts is inseparable. The Puritan Pastor Thomas Brooks said this:
"Grace and glory differ very little. One is the seed, the other is the flower. Grace is glory militant. Glory is grace triumphant."
We often ask God for grace so that we can live for his glory, as if grace is given to us so that we are then able to "make God proud." But grace isn't simply a means for us to live for God's glory. Grace IS God's glory actualized in our lives.
Ephesians 1:5 says, "In love he predestined us for adoption as songs through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of His glorious grace.