Saturday, August 18, 2012

High Above All Nations

 4The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
 5Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
 6Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! 
(Psalm 113:4-6, King James Version)

High Above All Nations

Who is this God we serve? As we continue this series of devotions called First Love, the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. What place do we personally give to God? In our innermost thoughts is He truly above all nations? Is He above the heavens?

Our first response is, "Yes." However, in practical terms is that really where we place God? Who reserves the highest place in our thoughts and being? Who is the final authority? Is it our government? Are the laws they make just and true? In our understanding of life, is our government to be subject to God?

On the surface these seem to be easy questions to answer. Of course, everyone is subject to God; He, alone, is the ultimate authority. However, for most, our actions do not really support such an understanding. Though we may strongly disagree with laws and policies of our government, we do not actually require our lawmakers to align themselves with the laws and commandments of God.

In reality, what the Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 113 is the truth when he asks the question, Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high? He rightly, then, asks, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth?

That is our calling, is it not? We are called to humble ourselves before God as we behold Him who is above all that is in the earth. He created this earth and He governs this earth with His strength and power. In the end, all will be required to give an account of their own personal actions in this regard during their life on this earth.

As we stand alone before God, no man will stand beside us as our advocate. No man will chide God to go easy on our sentence of death. But, there is One, is there not, who will speak for us? The Lord Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, places Himself between us and God. When God looks upon us, He does not see our sin, but rather sees the righteousness of Christ, for the blood of Christ is a covering for our sins.

How amazing is that? No greater love exists than the love of Christ for His children. As we contemplate this undeserved love, let us humble ourselves before God. Let us fall down and worship and magnify His holy name. Through Christ, all of His righteousness is imputed to us, and we have a glorious future to look forward to when we will live and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ forever!

God, alone, is high above all nations. No man on earth can set aside the righteous rule of our perfect and glorious God. He is our God above all gods, our King above all kings, and our eternal Ruler who deserves all of our honor, all of our glory, and all of our praise!

God Bless You,
Linda

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