On Stating the Blindingly Obvious image

On Stating the Blindingly Obvious

I have often struggled with the A of the beloved ACTS prayer framework. I know Adoration is important and commanded and modelled all through the psalms, but it feels just a bit...awkward.

Part of that is because I’m a repressed Brit and we don’t do extravagant displays of emotion, but to be honest that is just an excuse. My biggest problem is that it seems so pointless, so redundant.

Of course God is good, mighty, wonderful, loving, just etc etc. He knows it, I know it, what’s the point of telling him? I get round it by thanking him for those attributes, but then I get stuck when I arrive at T and realise I’ve already covered that. Hmm.

On my blog this week, though, someone left a comment and prefaced it with a disclaimer about it being an obvious point. It kind of was, but at the same time it was a point I had omitted to mention (among my other obvious points), and it was a powerful truth to be reminded of.

And then it clicked for me. Stating the obvious about God is important because if we think it is so obvious it’s not worth saying, our feeble brains and hearts begin to forget it.

This is why we see the swings in emphasis in worship from God’s grace to his holiness and back again, over the generations. We notice a lack of emphasis on one aspect and try to reinstate it, while easing off on the one we’ve sung about so much it is now blindingly obvious, only to discover ten years down the line that we’ve got out of balance and need to swing back the other way. All those wonderful hymns that informed, shaped and strengthened my faith in my childhood were swept away by choruses focussing more on our response to God than on his character and the theological truths about him, but they’re now being rediscovered and loved once more (despite being often butchered with different time-signatures, modernised language or missing words, but that’s another story/rant).

We need to state the blindingly obvious to God over and over again, not only because it is commanded, not only because it draws us into deeper relationship with him, not only because of that thing CS Lewis said about our enjoyment not being complete until we have shared it, but because otherwise we forget, and it stops being obvious.

Obvious, really.

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