The Famous One

July 6, 2007
by John Dobbs

Habakkuk 3:2 – Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (NIV)

Christians can easily fall into the trap of being bored with God. I know it would be really hard to vocalize that thought. Who would want to admit to being guilty of thinking that God is boring? Think about how celebrities make up a part of our newscasts. Some of them have done horrific things, yet throngs of screaming fans profess their undying love as certain celebrities walk into courthouses.

Where are God's screaming fans? Where are the followers who travel great distances just to bring Him their praise and hope for Him to glance at them? Where are the people who would sleep in the parking lot all night just to get a ticket to see God? Where are the supporters who would have His name tattooed on their arm or who would spend every day thinking about when they can see Him again?

I think Habakkuk was a genuine fan of God — maybe even a fanatic. It is the fame of God, the news of what God has done, that causes Habakkuk to stand in awe! It is his desire to see God's name grow in fame so that others would stand in awe as well. It is the marvellous mercy of God to which Habakkuk raises his praises.

I want to be God's biggest fan. I want to look at Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Martha Stewart and yawn. Move aside, Brad Pitt and Jeff Gordon! Clear the way, Britney Spears and Kenny Chesney! God is in the house, and He is more awesome than any of you. In fact, you will join us all one day and bow at His feet. Give it up for God!

Chris Thomlin was right when he wrote,

    You are the Lord,
    The famous One, famous One;
    Great is Your name in all the earth.
    The heavens declare You're glorious, glorious;
    Great is Your fame beyond the earth.

There is a time to be silent and a time to shout! But in either, let us revere the name of the Lord!

Prayer: God, we want to fill our lives with praise for You. Help us to not to be distracted by the celebrities of the world, the possessions of life, or the activities of our daily routines. Keep our eyes fixed on Your Son, Jesus, and our minds in remembrance of all You have done for us. Amen!

About the author:

John Dobbs
Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

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