Ponder the Depths
“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” -Psalm 145:5
Who is God that we should worship Him? Why should we give all of ourselves to adore Jesus Christ? And how do we delight in His being?
We say we know God and that He is good, but how often do we take the time to meditate on His being and understand why He is good? More often than not we sit in complaint in the presence of God asking for ‘things’ than we do intentionally setting aside time to better know who He is. Don’t you think we would know more of what to ask for if we knew who we were asking? So the call is to meditate on God, to experience His being by understanding His nature. Here are some of the attributes of God to help your study of who GOD IS…
GOD IS transcendent. His otherness, He is outside of creation and His ways are higher than ours. A quote from A.W. Tozer, “The words of God as found in Isaiah, “Thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity,” give a distinct impression of altitude, but that is because we who dwell in a world of matter, space, and time tend to think in material terms and can grasp abstract ideas only when they are identified in some way of material things.”
GOD IS immanent. He is with us and near to us, He is knowable, speaking and communicating truth to us.
GOD IS self-existent (also independent, self-sufficient). God needs nothing. Everything is from Him. We only give God what He has given to us. He doesn’t owe us anything. He is complete in every way. Tozer explains, “You alone can affirm I AM WHO I AM; yet we who are made in Your image may each one repeat “I am,” so confessing that we derive from You and that our words are but an echo of Your own.”
GOD IS immutable. He is unchangeable. Wayne Grudem’s definition, “God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations.” God speaking in Isaiah 46:11b, “I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”
GOD IS eternal. Eternality, He has no beginning or end. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalm 90:2b).” Tozer sums it up saying God has no origin because origin is a word that can apply only to things created.
GOD IS omnipresent. Grudem’s definition, “God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places.” God is everywhere and chooses how He reveals Himself to us. Read Psalm 139.
GOD IS unity. Grudem’s definition, “God is not divided up into parts, yet we see different attributes of God emphasized at different times.” God is not a ‘collection’ of attributes, He is all attributes at all times and no single attribute is more important than the other.
Although these are only a few, it’s a great place to start. Read all of Psalm 8, and when you walk outside today remember verses 3 & 4 especially. My song recommendation for this post is “Unto the Lamb” by the Prestonwood Choir, don’t cast it to the side until you’ve listened to it all the way through! And finally, don’t forget, “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” Psalm 48:14