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‘The Lord is great ... above all gods!’

October 11
Psalm 135:5
Day 285

‘The Lord is great ... above all gods!’

Read Psalm 115:1-18

Most people today do not know who God is. The modern idea that religious people have about God is that he is an old man, sitting in a rocking chair somewhere above the earth, weak, frustrated and defeated, because he is not able to accomplish his purposes. The preachers and religious leaders of our day have persuaded this generation that God is good but not powerful, God is gracious but not great, God is merciful but not majestic. The god of the twentieth century has a purpose, he has a will, he has a plan, but his hands are tied. Man, they say, will not let God have his way. Satan, they tell us, has God’s creation in chaos. Such a god as this is not worthy of worship, trust, reverence and submission. Such a god as this merits nothing but man’s contempt. Such a god as this is no god at all. He is but the idolatrous figment of man’s depraved imagination.

My God is not at all like that. My God is worthy of worship. My God merits my trust, confidence, reverence and submission. You see, my God truly is God. He is the God of the Bible. The God whom I worship, trust and serve is an absolute sovereign. When I say that God is sovereign, I am simply saying that God does what he will, when he will, with whom he will, in the way he will. He does not ask anyone’s permission to act. He simply does as he pleases. And he does not stand before anyone in judgment to give an account of his actions. He is God, ‘who liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou?’ This is ‘the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase’ (Dan. 4:34,35,37). My friend, either God is absolutely, totally, universally sovereign, or he is not God.