The One And Only God - Part 6
This post is the sixth part of a series that I started in response to how God is portrayed in The Shack as opposed to how God is revealed in the Bible. As I've read through my Bible this year in a one-year reading plan, I've taken notes as I've come across verses that deal with the nature and character of God. I hope to pass on to you what I've discovered.
The Glory of Israel
"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man, that He should change His mind." ~1 Samuel 15:29 (NIV)
My personal belief is that believers around the world make up the new Israel. In that context, God is our glory. Because He doesn't lie or change His mind (like man), He alone is worthy of my trust.
"You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light." ~2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV)
"He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights." ~2 Samuel 22:34 (NIV)
Without Him, I would stumble and fall and exist in the valleys.
"He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great." ~2 Samuel 22:35-36 (NIV)
We ARE in the midst of a battle. The stakes are high. The souls of men are on the line. As our commander-in-chief, God prepares us as warriors for His Kingdom.
Adonai - Lord
"The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them." ~Psalm 2:4 (NIV)
This name of God - Adonai - means Sovereign Lord. Earlier verses in this psalm show the kings of earth taking a stand against God. God's response: he laughs and scoffs at them. Opposition to Him is laughable. It's a lesson the current kings of the earth should take to heart.
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle." ~Psalm 24:8 (NIV)
We don't fight this battle alone, nor should we even bother trying.
The King of Glory
"Who is He, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty--He is the King of glory." ~Psalm 24:10 (NIV)
Almighty God, the Lord of hosts, the Lord of men and of angels, the Creator of the universe--He is the King of glory. As Charles Spurgeon says: "All true glory is concentrated upon the true God, for all other glory is but a passing pageant, the painted pomp of an hour. The ascended Savior is here declared to be the Head and Crown of the universe, the King of Glory."
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death." ~Psalm 68:19-20 (NIV)
He saves us from the jaws of death and daily bears what we cannot.
"Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary....Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to Him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in Your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God!" ~Psalm 68:24, 32-35 (NIV)
In His mighty power, He is King of all. But joy of all joys, He is also my personal King and my God. He reigns!
And So Much More...
"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me." ~Psalm 144:1-2 (NIV)
Dear Father God, Thank You for being ALL that You are--our Glory, our Lamp, our Certainty, our Trainer, our Adonai, our Warrior, our King, our Savior, and so much more! With David we say: "Blessed are the people of whom this is true: blessed are the people whose God is the LORD." In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
(See the first five parts of this series at http://wordvessel.blogspot.com)