“Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10 (ESV*)
The way we know God, determines how we live: how we think, how we act, how we do our ministry. Everything starts here! So what does it mean to know God?
If we look at our memory verse, to “know that I am God!” means to know and to enjoy (!) that God is the Most High, the sovereign God. He rules! He controls every circumstance of our lives! He is the One who, in His Word, sets the standards for the life of man! He has the right and the authority to do that!
If we consider the whole Bible, we see three other attributes of God that are equally important.
“Know that I am God!” means to know and to enjoy that God is Life (John 5:26). HE is the living God and the life-giving God (Gen 2:7). Our physical and our spiritual life come from Him (Eph 2:5). He is full of power and strength! (Ps 89:8). “Is anything to hard for the Lord?” (Gen 18:14). He uses His power for two ends, for His own glory and for the benefit of His people! For your benefit!
“Know that I am God!” means to know and to enjoy that God is Love (1 John 4:8). Love so great that He even gave His Son! God is good (Ps 34:8), merciful and gracious (Psalm 103:8). He remains faithful to those who believe in Him (2 Timothy 2:13).
“Know that I am God!” means to know and to enjoy that God is Light (1 John 1:5). He is holy (Isaiah 6:3) and of “purer eyes than to see evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). He is just and a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
“Know that I am God!” means to know and to enjoy that God is all of these at the same time! The loving God is also the holy God! The powerful and living God is also the Most High God!
How does knowing God determine how we live? We will look at two great results in the next two parts of this series.
Bible verses stored in our hearts bring our thoughts back on track!
* If not indicated otherwise Bible verses are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV).