God’s ultimate commitment is to himself and not to us. And therein lies our security. God loves His glory above all…
This is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history. It is the ever-recurring motif of the all-sufficient Composer. Why did God predestine us in love to be His sons? That the glory of His grace might be praised (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14). Why did God create a people for Himself? “I created [them] for my glory” (Isa. 43:7). Why did He make from one lump vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor? That He might show His wrath and make know His power and reveal the riches of His glory for the vessels of mercy (Rom. 9:22-23). Why did God raise up Pharaoh and harden his heart and deliver Israel with a mighty arm? That His wonders might be multiplied over Pharaoh (Exod. 14:4) and that His name might be declared in all the earth (Exod. 9:16).
Why did God spare rebellious Israel in the wilderness and finally bring them to the promised land? “I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations” (Ezek. 20:14). Why did He not destroy Israel when they rejected Him from being king over them and demanded to be like all the nations (1 Sam. 8:4-6)? “The LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake” (1 Sam. 12:22). God’s love for the glory of His own name is the spring of free grace and the rock of our security.
Why did God bring back the Israelites from Babylonian captivity? Because Daniel prayed: “For your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate” (Dan. 9:17). Why did the Father send the incarnate Son to Israel? “To confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Rom. 15:8-9). Why did the Son come to His final hour? “For this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (John 12:27-28). Christ died to glorify the Father and to repair all the defamation we had brought upon His honor. Our only hope is that the death of Christ satisfied God’s righteous claims to receive proper glory from His creatures (Rom. 3:24-26).
Brothers, God loves His glory! He is committed with all His infinite and eternal might to display that glory and to preserve the honor of His name.
John Piper, Brother, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, 7-8