How often do we read words in the Bible (or sing a song) without really understanding what they mean? Especially when it’s poetry. The words and phrases sound beautiful to our ears and uplift our spirits. But our mind can also be engaged in our worship when we “unpack” these words. For example, the 11th chapter of Romans ends in a beautiful hymn of praise to God:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36 NIV)
Now look again at the bolded words above. Take a minute to think what all those prepositional phrases are saying about God.
from him–He is the source.
through him–He is the means.
to him–He is the goal.
Or, as another version spells it out more explicitly:
For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36 NLT)