February 26, 2018
Psalms 57:10-11 … For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted oh God above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.
I have been thinking lately about the greatness of God. He wants us to trust Him. Can we? Is He really above all? When Jesus walked on earth, He was above the weather and above sickness and even above death. Then, as if that was not enough, He was also above need and lack… He fed over 5000 people with one sack lunch. The problem with that list of deeds is that we look at what humans gained. God looks at the hearts. When we think of God according to what He can do for us, we view Him as a glorified Santa Claus. David, in today’s reading, expressed that God be exalted above the heavens… not just above our existence. That is what has been pestering me lately… Have we, have I, settled for a less than accurate view of God?
He is above us, our thoughts, our ways, and our good deeds. When I think of my salvation from a human point of view, I am aware of what I have done. I know I have done nothing to get saved, but as a child of God, I am asked to be obedient. Dallas Willard, in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy”, coined a phrase that I find revealing. Christians often spend a great deal of time trying to ‘stay saved.’ Do you think that obedience will keep you saved? God, who saved you in the first place, will keep you saved. That is who we pray to and who we sing to.
We don’t approach him who is waiting for us to be good. We approach Him who is all powerful and who knows that we fail every time. That does not take anything away from obedience; it just re-introduces grace. We obey because we want to. We know it pleases God and we like how we feel when we do. But, don’t let those momentary feelings change your view of Almighty God, the Supreme Being, from His glory to a responder to your goodness. He is God, the creator of heaven and earth. Nobody told Him to do that and nobody tells him what to do now. We can, and should, trust Him. “Be exalted, oh God, above the heavens.”… beyond what can be seen... beyond what I can experience.