Psalm 71:19 “Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!”
Our human nature shows through very early on. As young ones, we see some toy that another has and we want it – because it looks better than the one we have now, or because you seem to be enjoying it far more than I am with mine. As we age, we compare everything from social status to hairstyle, athletic ability to the house or family to which we are born. Because that which we see becomes our standard by which we judge.
As I read the text today, I stopped, or the Holy Spirit had me stop, to meditate on that phrase, ‘O God, who is like unto thee?’ and I began to think; who IS like unto you, Father? Many ignorant, will force the view that there is no god. All you have to do is look around. Get out of the city on a clear night and look up at the stars – man did nothing to create that.
When you look further into the microscopic – the depth of detail, the symbiosis with their surroundings, and the balance that they provide to the macro world that we do see is incredible! From the microscopic to macro, musical to mechanical, talent and intellect, adaptation to transformation: all around us is evidence that there IS a God over all of this.
Psalm 19:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
Psalm 97:6 “The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.”
When our feeble minds start to compare, we become severely limited when we discount the very record of this marvelous Creator. Without it, there would be no account of the creation, the progression of man’s relationship with God or His love, care and concern for that which He made for Himself, or the redeeming love that brought Jesus Christ to us. The very science of the human body alone, it’s regenerative power to procreate, the healing power within, the vast, untapped resource of the mind, and the emotion, will and ability to build, conquer and explore are staggering in their complexity.
The atheist will tell you what a leap of faith it is to believe that such a being exists that would have such power, prowess and interest in us. I disagree. It takes more faith to deny the existence of an Almighty, sovereign God than to accept Him. Based upon the principles of rational thinking, their arguments don’t hold water.
Scientists, doctors, engineers, and many others who delve into the details of every part of this life, are presented with such things that point undeniably to an Almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present God who created all that we see and touch. But even we, who have trusted the Son of God for salvation cannot stop there. We must press on to apply this most wonderful truth.
To truly accept the fact that there is NO other god like unto our God, means that I deny all others. Allah, Buddha, Mohammed, and the host of other imposters, must be exposed for what they truly are – fake, false and propped up by man’s denial in the One, true living God.
Dagon, the god of the Philistines, was brought a present – the ark of the covenant of the Israelites. This ark, represented the power and presence of Almighty God and having fallen into the hands of a heathen nation, they just added it to the many other gods they served. Needless to say, Dagon was left in pieces, on it’s face before the ark. God tells us that He will have no other before Him… and He meant it!
The leaves of the trees in the Midwest turn in the autumn to such a resplendent display of beauty. And even in death, God has given us the illustration that we must die to self to experience the true transformation of what it means to be a Christian – Christ-like. To be forgiven of such transgressions against Himself and then to have Him turn around and make us His children. To choose to remember no more the very things that separated us. To be so longsuffering, patient, kind, forgiving, merciful; to give grace and blessing and even reward us – how could we deny such a God as our God, the opportunity to use us to the fullest extent when we die to ourselves daily?