Saturday, October 3, 2015

“The Who of God"

    Who God is leads to what God does.

    "Thou art good, and doest good" (Psalm 119:68).
    "The Lord is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17).

    Our Lord's perfect actions do not constitute or add to His perfection.  They rather reflect and proceed from the glorious reality of a character and nature so sublimely pristine that eternity will not suffice in our discovery of who He is.  "I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness… I will praise Thee forever" (Psalm 7:17; 145:2).  This voyage into goodness begins in this life for all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Salvation enables us to "see" the sublime Character and Nature as the Holy Spirit illuminates the Scriptures, and then graces our hearts and lives with expressions of the truths of God's goodness we learn in the Bible.  We respond as did the Psalmist, with praise in this life and the assurance of praise forevermore.  We do so not as a matter of mere discipline or ritual, but rather of grateful wonder and acknowledgement of the "Who" of our glorious Creator and Redeemer.

    The book of Revelation depicts a scene to come wherein more than one hundred million angels throng the throne of Heaven, joined by every creature upon the earth voicing praises to God the Father and to His Son, the Lamb.  Why will they do this?  Is it mere obedience to the command to praise God?  Hardly.  No, goodness is the answer and the reason.  Angelic and human hearts would burst in that day when the glory of God is clearly seen if rapturous praises did not ensue.  We will join that holy throng, and in this day, we may prepare ourselves as we open God's Word to see His "Who", and as His working on our behalf fills our hearts with the realization of Divine goodness that leads to grateful expressions of love, worship, and amazed wonder.

"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."
(Revelation 5:11-14)   
Weekly Memory Verse
    Ye are not in the flesh but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
(Romans 8:9)

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