Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Describe God for Me

Have you ever been asked to describe God?  It is hard!  We take a deep breath, then launch out into some kind of lengthy explanation of what God does, how he moves among us, etc.  All the while, we are really struggling with getting anything "concrete" in our answer.  Try it!  It is hard!  David had a really good way of describing God - simple and to the point!

1 Light, space, zest— that's God!  So, with him on my side I'm fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. (Psalm 27:1 The Message)

Wow!  Three simple words, but pretty all-inclusive if you ask me!  Light, space, and zest - what could he possibly have meant by using these words?

Light - This is the message we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in him there is no darkness at all (I John 1:5 NIV).  In him we find all glory and majesty.  No wonder scripture repeatedly refers to God as "light" - it is not something which is "in" him - he is the perfect and purest LIGHT.  There is no darkness within him - he is holy and his holiness reflects in the purest of Light.

Space - John 4:24 tells us God is "Spirit".  Perhaps this is the best way for us to understand just how he can be everyone at one time - he transcends the limitations of human nature.  He is above all, in all, and creator of all.  As such, he is like "space".  Unlimited, uncalculated greatness.  Try as we might, we cannot "box" God in - he is not an equation - something we can sum up!

Zest - he gives liveliness to all he animates.  In him is the inherent ability to impart the truest form of energy - that which animates and gives abundant life to a lifeless soul!  Sin robs us of this "animation" of spirit - God's touch restores it!

No wonder David stands so assured when he considers who is "on his side" in his daily walk!  The purest of the pure - able to push back all darkness.  The limitless one - powerful beyond our calculating.  The one full of life - imparting life with each brush of his hand or passing of his breath over our lives!  Can you shout a big, "Woohoo!" here?

Afraid of no one and nothing!  Why?  We fear the dark - God's light exposes what is hidden.  We fear the unknown - God's limitless supply is ours.  We fear death - God's life is assured to those who choose him.  Therefore, why fear?  

Look at the passage again:  1 The Lord is my light and the One Who saves me. Whom should I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom should I be afraid? (New Life Version)  Whenever we are afraid, we are filled with apprehension.  When we describe ourselves as fearful, we are saying we are filled with a dread of the impending danger, evil, or pain we perceive.  

The Lord is MY light - the one who saves ME.  Here is the "grip" we hold onto in the midst of impending doom - MY light, the one who saves ME.  In the words of an old hymn:  His eye may be on the sparrow, but he watches ME!  He is a personal God - he walks WITH us.  In his carefulness over us, light dispels darkness, perceptions are enlarged, and we are reanimated again!

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