Have you ever thought about whether or not your concept of God was even close to who He actually is? I honestly believe that most of us place Him in a hypothetical box that we can control the size, scope and understanding of because it makes us more comfortable. After all, a God that is too Majestic, too Omnipotent, too Inspiring, too Convicting, too (here you can place whatever descriptive words you would like) makes us extremely uncomfortable! But a God that we can fit into our box and consider only when we need Him allows us a certain attitude of His being there when I need Him to do something for me, but when we don’t need Him to function for us we place Him back in the box. J.B. Phillips in his book “Your God Is Too Small” addresses this issue better than I!
In today’s reading we have been assigned Psalm 97 and 98. After reading these two chapters, it should be readily apparent to all of us that our God is too Magnificent to fit into a box of our construct. The first six verses in Psalm 97 alone attest to His Glory! Verses 7-9 proclaim that His rightful place is above all the earth! And then in verses 10-12 the author declares whom God is in relationship to us! Please reread this chapter and then, if you can, explain to me how we can shrink this God down to a size we can fit into any box!
In Psalm 98, we get a vision of what it means to truly worship Him! He has made known His salvation, revealed His righteousness, remembered His lovingkindness, and His faithfulness. “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God”
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord. Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those that dwell in it. Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity.”
Box, what box? Enough said!