Mine God’s Poetry for God’s Beauty

Deuteronomy 33:26–27

Some of the most beautiful aspects of who God is and what he does are buried in poetry in the Bible. Do we skip over it? In this lab, John Piper models how to see God’s beauty in God’s poetry.

Principle for Bible Reading

Finding Promises in Who God Is

Golden promises shine in the Old and New Testaments, and it is the Christian’s inheritance to find, claim, and enjoy them.

The Bible is a book full of promises. We can excavate some in places we might not immediately see them. Many identify promises where someone swears that they will do something for someone else. But we can also find implicit promises in statements concerning who God is or what he does. When texts describe God’s unchanging character or disposition towards his people, they are promises for us today.

In This Lab

In Deuteronomy 33:26–27, God is referred to as a chariot rider who will speed to the aid of his people, a house who we live in, and one who has strong arms to catch us when we are weak. After warning against taking these images literally, Pastor John states that these are promises to believers today based ultimately upon the unchanging character of God towards his people.

For more on why Old Testament promises can be applied to us, watch the previous lab.

Study Questions

  1. What do you think Moses means when he says, “There is none like you God” in Deuteronomy 33:26?
  2. When coming across poetic language in the Bible, how do you attempt to study it? Do you tend to skip over it? If so, why?
  3. What beauty can you see in how God is described in Deuteronomy 33:26–27? What might the images in these verses mean for you today?