Some people have no inherent sense of direction. They could get lost on the way back from the bathroom at a restaurant. Others seem to have an internal GPS system. You could blindfold them, spin them around, drive them out into the middle of nowhere, and they will somehow still find their way home.
The former are happily living in an age where actual personal GPS devices are readily available. I am one of the former, and am thankfully married to one of the latter. My wife is my personal GPS system when we are traveling. That opposites attract is true for more than just magnets.
But what about finding our way spiritually-speaking? Are we left to our own inner sense of direction? Are we supposed to ‘follow our hearts’ as many would say these days? Or has God given us a sure way to know Him rightly? A tried and true way to glorify and enjoy Him the way He intended for us all along? The Shorter Catechism asks (and answers) that very question.
The 2nd question in The Westminster Shorter Catechism follows naturally from the first. If our “chief end” or main purpose for existence is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Q.1), the next thing we need to know is how we are to do that?
“Q.2. What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him?”
So God has not left us in the dark; He has not left us to our own speculative imaginations (Exodus 20:1-17) or deceptive hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). The best One to give us that answer is the very One who created us with the purpose of glorifying and enjoying Him forever. And the good news is that He did just that – He gave us a rule to direct us in how we are to glorify & enjoy Him.
What is that rule?
“A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him”
The Bible is the only God-given rule that tells us how we can rightly glorify God. It is the only rule that tells us how we are to enjoy God forever.
So the more familiar we are with all of God’s Word, the better able we will be to glorify God and the more we will grow to actually enjoy God.
So if we do not enjoy God very much, it very well may be that we need to examine whether or not we are spending any quality time in His Word.
Not only that, but in our reading and studying of God’s Word, we should make it our careful aim to do so with a view toward glorifying and enjoying Him. We might just find that the reason that our study and prayer time seems so dry or weak is exactly that – we simply aren’t doing it to glorify & enjoy God.
Maybe that is why David was able to write the following:
“The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8).
“More are they to be desired than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10).
Who would have thought that a “rule” could help bring true enjoyment? Who knew that precepts and commandments can make the heart rejoice and enlighten the eyes? Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?
But that’s what God’s Word does. Of course, the Bible is far more than just a list of rules or commandments. But if even His commandments and precepts can make our hears rejoice, how much more will all of His precious promises in Christ Jesus? How much more will the good news of Jesus Christ bring us joy? And the good news of Jesus Christ is found all through the Bible, including all of the Old Testament (Luke 24:27; John 5:39-40).
Only in God’s Word, in all of the Old and New Testament, do we find the way to do the very thing that we were all created to do – to find the way to our true meaning and purpose in life – glorifying God & enjoying Him forever!
Not only that, but this means that the way to truly glorify & enjoy God in worship is not found in our own innovations, inventions or ideas. This is why our worship must be grounded and guided by Scripture above all else. If not, we may be enjoying ourselves at church, but we might not truly be enjoying God at all.