Attitude Toward God
"O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His Name together" (Psalm 34:3).
Suppose you hear a new doctrine that comes your way by some fellow who perspires and talks sumptuously. All right now, he has got his doctrine, but what does that doctrine do for God? Does it make God great or small? Does it make God necessary or less necessary? Does it put God where He belongs–does it bring glory to him and humble me and show me how little I am and how great God is? Or does it obscure God and draw a veil across the face of God?
Whatever makes God less important or less wonderful or less glorious or less mighty is not of God. The whole purpose of God in redemption and for sending the Scriptures and redeeming man is that He might be glorified among men. The glory of God is the health of the universe. Wherever God is not glorified, that part of the universe is sick.
Hell is sick because God is not glorified there. Heaven is abounding in glorious health because God is glorified there. Earth is is halfway in-between sick and well, because only some glorify God, and the rest do not. The glory of God is the health of the universe; and the sound of the anthems of praise to God Almighty is the music of the spheres. Therefore, any doctrine, any phase or emphasis of doctrine; any experience that I may seem to have; any miracle that I may seem to have seen; if it does not make God big and keep Him big and make God indispensable and wonderful, then put it away and say, "I'll have nothing to do with anything that diminishes God."
Taken from"Reclaiming Christianity" By A. W. Tozer. Used by permission from Gospel Light Publications. For more information, contact Gospel Light at www.gospellight.com