|Posted by kelvinbueckert on February 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM|
2 Corinthians 13:14
Recently I became aware that many people attending church go for the sake of “worship”. This is not a bad thing. We know that our God takes pleasure in our worship when it is from the heart. Perhaps we take Paul’s words to heart as we proclaim ”the grace of the Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” (2 Corinthians 13:14) In this one benediction Paul leads us into worship of One God, in 3 persons – blessed trinity.
Trinity is not a word used in the Bible, yet from Genesis to Revelation we see the Spirit moving; prophecy of the One who would “crush” the head of evil fulfilled as Jesus rose from the grave, all according to God the Father’s perfect plan. Majestic in His Sovereignty, this God we worship controls the world today, just as He did down through chaotic human history! Isn’t this cause for worship as we see Him bringing to fruition all that Jesus spoke of to His disciples, regarding that day when He would come again?
Yet what do we know about our God? At a recent Bible study we were exploring His incommunicable attributes. Do you know what they are? Sovereign we have already mentioned. We sing “…Holy! Lord God Almighty”. Sometimes we fear His omniscience, especially when we have failed to meet God’s standard in our thoughts and actions. How many people have given up on trying to understand God’s eternal being (Yahweh), denying Him infinite knowledge and wisdom and purpose because we find it hard to grasp? These are characteristics that make God “GOD”!
The Israelites worshiped this God. Listen to Moses’ song “Your right hand O Lord was majestic in power….In the greatness of Your majesty You threw down those who opposed You”! (Exodus 15:6-7). “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). The Psalmist never ceases to be amazed at God: “God the King” is described as “greatness no one can fathom”, “glorious splendour of Your Majesty”, “Power of Your mighty works”,. He celebrates God’s “abundant goodness”, One who is “gracious and compassionate” and “good to all”. “All men may know of Your mighty acts” “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom”. This is true worship!
Our God does bless His children with Godly character provided as fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). However, we will never attain to His glorious attributes of eternality and infinitude. Our power is limited to the power with which He gifts us, to accomplish His purposes. He blesses us to be a blessing, channels of His grace and love as we become one with Him in fellowship through the Holy Spirit. Let us go into a New Year adoring this God in Whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Think about the privilege we have to know God as He has graciously revealed Himself, through nature, through scripture, through the Holy Babe in the manger, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God but humbled Himself to become obedient unto death for you and for me (Philippians 2:6-8). How does this impact your worship of His Majesty?
“To the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude 25)