Well, we’re in a section of Galatians so rich in Gospel theology that it certainly begs the question, How do I listen to theology and have my heart be lifted high in worship and exaltation? Glad you asked. Let me suggest a few ways:
1- Worship and the affections are always to be anchored and inspired by Biblical truth, so first off, hearing the glories of justification by faith offer the very bedrock of truth from where your heart should sing and your emotions rise. This teaching (while it can be technical) is the flaming hot center of the Gospel and its sparks should ignite our praise.
2- If God’s redemptive history is like a beautiful painting, with each new piece of theology explored and exposed we get a sharper section of the glorious painting filled in and brought to life so that we can worship with greater clarity the work and wonder of God as our beautiful rescuer.
3- When we come to understand the chronology of God’s work in history, it can’t but give us an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the place in time that we get to live — after the cross, the promise to Abraham fulfilled in Christ, the law fulfilled, the curse broken, the promised Spirit available, grace flowing! Worship God for being born at such a time in His grand schedule.
4- The law brings a curse and the righteous condemnation of God on sinners, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus. When we reflect on the work of Christ over the law, we have great opportunity to worship God for being redeemed from the curse of the law, from removing us from the place of condemnation and clothing us in the clothes of righteousness. For making Him who knew no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
5- Thank God that He gives teaching, not just motivational pep-talks to go be “good” but real substance by which we can fill our hearts and minds with eternal truths revealed from heaven for our edification. Glory in a God who communicates Himself and His plan to His creatures for their good.
May God give us minds to think clearly about these great theological truths and hearts that are stirred with genuine affections for Him and His work in history.
Learning and Loving,