August 26, 2012

An Awesome God – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

It seems to me that a very popular phase being used quite often these days is “our God is an awesome God.” There is even a song with that title sung in many congregations of the Lord’s church. But what does that actually mean? To my way of thinking, an awesome God is all knowing (omniscient), present everywhere at all times (omnipresent), and all powerful (omnipotent).

Is He? There are many scriptures in the Bible that can be used to support the claim. But if you want to read something that demonstrates God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, in a few short verses, turn to Psalm 139. This is a beautiful Psalm.

God’s Omniscience

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalms 139:1-6 NKJV)

The Psalmist knew that God knew everything about him. From the time he arose to the time he retired for the day, God knew his every action, even the words he spoke before he said them. He realized that God’s every thought was above his understanding. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

We might think we can deceive God, but we can’t. (Galatians 6:7) He knows everything we do and say and we will be held accountable for it. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

God’s Omnipresence

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. (Psalms 139:7-12 NKJV)

There is nowhere that man can go to hide from God or to be outside his presence. Jonah learned this lesson the hard way when he tried to flee from God to avoid having to go to Nineveh and preach. (Jonah 1:1-3) Elijah also found that he could not escape the presence of God when he fled to a cave to escape the wrath of Jezebel. God spoke to him and asked what he was doing in the cave when God had other plans for him. (1 Kings 19:9-16)

God’s Omnipotence

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalms 139:13-18 NKJV)

How powerful is our God? The Psalmist demonstrates it by using the example of his formation in his mother’s womb. It’s clear that he recognized that from the beginning God has set in motion the process by which man is formed from an embryo through the various stages of development. This single act, as much as any other, shows the power of God. Science has been able to unravel mysteries of cellular division and the code that determines its properties. This code drives the formation of all our body parts and is responsible for developing those features which distinguish one person from another. Yet science has not been able to determine how to initiate the process—to make life from that which is non-living. It is also clear that the Psalmist understood that in the sight of God he was a person before he left his mother’s womb.

There are many today who scoff at the idea that there is an omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent God, but they are foolish. (Psalms 14:1) Man has come a long way in understanding his environment and the world around him from the smallest particles of matter to the massive distant stars. But when it comes to spiritual matters, God has made foolish the wisdom of the world. (1Corinthians 1:20) Let us heed the words of Solomon who wrote:

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:9-10 NKJV)

— Amen




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