Behold Our God
By Jim Murriner
"Great is our Lord, and of great power : His understanding is infinite."
When we say that His understanding is "infinite" we mean that there is no number to His understanding- His understanding goes beyond our ability to even count the things which He fully understands.
1 " O come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation"
2 "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms"
3 "For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
4 " In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also."
5 "The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the dry land."
"O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with stregnth; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God."
This is what we want you to do this morning --Behold your God-- or if you are not a child of God this morning we would invite you to Behold our God!
Here we are told to behold our God, and yet John 1:18 tells us that no man hath seen God.
"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him".
Yet we have seen God in Jesus Christ- but this is a great mystery.
I Timothy 3:16 tells us that it is a mystery
"And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
John 14:9 tells us that if we have seen Christ we have seen the Father.
"Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father."
Yet in John 17:1 Jesus talked with the Father.
"These words spake Jesus and lifted up His eyes to heaven and said. Father the hour is come: glorify Thy son that Thy son also may glorify Thee."
In Matt. 3:16-17 we see all three persons of the Godhead.
16 "And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him:"
17 "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
Col. 2:9 tells us that Jesus was & is the completeness of God.
"For in Him dewelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
Yet in John 4:24 we are told that God is a spirit
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in Truth."
We must believe that God is as Great as He says He is.
Psm. 138:2 declares that God holds His word in very high regard.
"I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: For Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name."
When you magnify something you make it large. Since God considers His word to be so great, we must believe all that His word tells us about Him.
Isaiah 40:9 tells us to "Behold your God"
Isaiah 40:12 begins to describe Him to us.
"Who hath measured the waters in the hallow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance."
God is Spirit- but in order for us to understand just how great He is, He uses human terms to describe himself. but as He describes Himself we need to see how much greater than man, that God is.
Isaiah 40:18 tells us that there is nothing that we can compare God with.
"To whom then will ye liken God? or what likenss will ye compare unto Him?
Look in vs. 12 again at just how great He is.
"Who hath measured the waters in the hallow of His hand"
All of the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, - all the water fits in the hallow of His hand.
When we think about this; it's a real blessing to know that He holds us in His hand.
"My Father which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fathers hand."
Isaiah 40:12 tells us too that He meted out heaven with the span-- the span of His hand. He comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure. (all of the dust in the earth- very insignificant to Him) - weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance.
This was not a difficult task for our God. Hebrews 11:3 tells us that He spoke this word into existence.
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear"
Job 26:7 declares that He hung the world on nothing.
"He stretcheth out the North over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
So if God wanted to weigh the mountains in scales- it would be no problem for Him.
Isaiah 40:17 tells us that all nations are as nothing before Him.
"All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity."
Notice vs. 15
"Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold He taketh up the isles as a very little thing."
The God of the Bible-counts all of these mighty nations which we worry about as less than nothing.
If you were to weigh something this morning, you probably would not even consider the small dust on the scales.
Neither does God even consider the nations of the earth today.
We worry about governments and leaders- we need not- because it is God that sets them up and brings them down.
Romans 13:1 tells us this
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."
Prov. 16:7 tells us that if we please God that God will take care of our enemies for us.
"When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even His enemies to be at peace with Him."
II Chronicles 7:14 tells us what we need to do instead of worrying about world affairs.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
If you are a child of God-you need to learn that God will bless you if you serve Him and will chastise you if you will not serve Him.
Many of our problems in this nation today as in all other nations have been brought upon us because God's children want to be just like the world.
I John 2:15 condemns this type of attitude.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Isaiah 40:18 tells us that God is too great to be compared with any one or anything
"To whom then will ye liken God? or what likness will ye compare unto Him."
Exodus 20:4 tells us that we should never try to represent God with a picture of anything.
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likness of any thing that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
So lets behold god as His word describes Him and not in mans understanding of Him.
Isaiah 59:16 declares that the Arm of the Lord brings salvation
"And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His Arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him."
Isaiah 52:10 gives us some insight as to what God's Arm is.
"The Lord hath made bare His arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God"
Isaiah 53:1 continues
"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?"
The arm of the Lord that has been revealed unto all nations is Jesus Christ.
An arm represents power.
I Cor. 1:24 tells us that Christ is the power of God.
"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."
Salvation is not a little thing, it took the power of God to save us.
BEHOLD YOUR GOD!
In Luke chapter 2 when Christ was born the angels declared Him to be God.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
In John 20:24-28 Thomas after missing the first Sunday evening service after the resurrection of Christ, said that He wanted to touch Him, then notice what he said in vs. 28
"And Thomas answered and said unto Him, my Lord and my God."
BEHOLD YOUR GOD!
The saviour that died for me is my God.
Acts 20:28 in giving charge to pastors to take heed of the position that God has placed them in- tells us that God died for us.
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath make you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood."
Won't you trust this great God to save you today ?