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The Majesty of God

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created.”  (Rev 4:11)

When you think of God, what comes to your mind?  I have had many views of God throughout my life.  As a young child, I heard that He was my heavenly father.  I therefore  saw Him as someone just waiting for me to make a mistake, and when I did, He had a 2×4 in His hand to smack me on the side of my head.  My father never beat me, but he was stern and did not tolerate mistakes or wrongdoing.  As a teenager, I didn’t give much thought to Him at all.  When I was in church, I didn’t listen to the preacher.  I was too busy joking and being extremely casual in my view of God because this was the way my parents seemed to be.  I went through a period of time where I viewed Him as my buddy, who knew I would make mistakes, but that was alright because I was human and sin was just something we did.  I knew He would forgive me so I just continued in my ways.

Then at the age of twenty one, I gave my life to Christ and received the salvation that came through His shed blood.  Almost immediately, God began to show me who He truly was.  I learned that my view of Him was so small; that He was so much bigger than I could ever imagine.   It has taken me years to grasp what I know now, but I understand that I have only scratched the surface.  What I want to do now is ponder the greatness and majesty of our God.

His Eternality:

God has always been.  Before anything else, God existed.  Before space, time or angelic beings.  There was never a point when God came into existence, because He never wasn’t.  He also will always be.  There will never be a point when He will cease to exist.  From before the beginning to after the end, He is.

His Omnipotence:

God is infinitely powerful.  There is no power greater than His, and there never will be.  It is impossible to surpass it.  We get a glimpse of it in the book of Job.  In the twenty sixth chapter, Job declares the greatness and majesty of God in His creation.  He says in verses seven and eight, “He stretches out the north over the void, and hangs the earth on nothing.  He binds up the waters in His thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.”  Verse eleven says, “The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded by His rebuke.”  This chapter speaks of His mighty work of creation and his power to hold it together.  Then we read in fourteen, “Behold, these are but the fringes of His ways.”  All that He did is but a small, small part of His power.

His Omniscience:

God has infinite knowledge.  He knows absolutely everything.  He does because He created everything.  He created all matter, energy, time, space, physical laws and life.  John 1:2 says, speaking of Jesus, “All things were made by Him and through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”  He speaks through Isaiah saying “remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'” (Isa 46:9-10)  He created all things according to His wisdom, knowing everything perfectly.  He also knows all events in all time.

His Omnipresence:

God is everywhere.  God spoke through Jeremiah saying, “‘Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord.  ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth’ declares the Lord.”  Jer 23:24 ESV  If God fills the heavens and the earth, then He is everywhere.  His spirit is in every nook and cranny of creation.

His Exaltedness:

God is above everything.  In Isaiah 40:22-23 we read, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.”  Compared to Him, we are but grasshoppers and our rulers as empty space.  We are nothing compared to Him.

His Infinite Love:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundations of the world, that we should be blameless before Him, in love.”  Eph 1:3-4 ESV.  And “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved Him, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.” 1 Joh 4:9-10  God loved us before we were created, so much so that Christ’s death was conceived prior to creation. True Infinite love. Nothing better can be said then what Jesus Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Joh 15.13 ESV

God is not just another being among many.  He is mighty beyond all comprehension and wonderful beyond all words.  He created and sustains all things with but a word or a thought.  He knows our every thought and deed; nothing is hid from Him.  He raises rulers and removes rulers.  He answers to no one.  His ways are above our ways, and His thoughts above ours, just as the heavens are above the earth.   There is nothing or no one higher than Him.  And the beauty of this is that He loves us.  He loved us before He created us.  He knew we would fall, and prepared the way of salvation before the foundations of the earth were laid.  He loved us so much, not wanting any to perish, gave His only begotten son as the payment for our sin.

If the President of the United States or some other important dignitary were to ask us for some time to talk, we would probably do whatever we could to meet with them.  We would be honored that he even knew about us and wanted to hear from us.  So many people fall all over themselves to see a famous movie star or professional athlete, let alone spend some intimate time with them.  When the all powerful, all knowing, all loving God who created all existence and fills the heavens and the earth with His presence, wants to spend intimate time with us, do we have the same reaction?  I will leave that up to each individual to ponder in their own hearts.

But I say, how can we do anything less then give our all to this unfathomable being who loves us so much. We should cry out as David did, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?  Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.   You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,   all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,  the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psa 8.3-9

 

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  1. Darrell Sroufe
    April 9th, 2011 at 04:21 | #1

    Excellent, Bill! Absolutely excellent!

    • WilliamHF
      April 9th, 2011 at 23:32 | #2

      Thank you Darrell. Your encouragement is indeed appreciated.

  2. WilliamHF
    April 27th, 2011 at 18:57 | #3

    I do not have one at the moment, but I will consider starting one. My facebook page is
    http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Funkhouser

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