As I'm polishing the talk for Large Group tonight, I'm finding the need to cut out this really interesting theological rabbit trail. If I could preach for an hour, I'd be able to include this, but that wouldn't serve God's purposes for Large Group.
Here's the rabbit trail:
The Bible says that David is a man after God's own heart. As we hear the David story, we learn about God's deep character and about fully-alive humanity. So, when we learn that God's heart gives respect graciously, we learn something about God and something about who we are called to be. David graciously honored Saul and God graciously honors us. Do you see it? God's heart is on display in the man after God's own heart.
Although we Christians talk about God as monotheistic, we also say that he is relational. This commitment to monotheistic relationality leads to the doctrine called the Trinity. In the Trinity, God loves God, responds to God. The Father loves the Son. The Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit loves them both and is loved by both of them.
We see the doctrine of the Trinity even more clearly on beautiful display in the life of Jesus Christ: God the Son with us in the flesh. Jesus had so many people to respond to: sinners, hypocrites, racists…and that's just the 12 disciples. On a daily basis, he saw the sick, the poor, the broken, Pharisees, prostitutes, parents and friends. He had Satan approach him, demons taunt him, and saints invite him to dinner parties. And then there's God.
Listen to Jesus:
Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. - John 5:19
Jesus watches his Father and responds to Him. God responds to God, worships God. This isn't arrogance. This is love.