The Lord is strong and mighty

sunset-142698_640Psalm 24:8: Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!

You don’t know strength until you meet the Lord. Job thought he knew something, but when he met the Lord, he concluded that he did not know anything (Job 40:1-5, 42:1-6). Isaiah was a prophet manifesting the word of God to a people, but when he met the Lord, he felt vile (Isaiah 6:1-5). God is overwhelming in knowledge and holiness. Contemplating the Lord will leave you with the sense of His awesomeness.

There are five ways in which one may measure strength and might: wealth, knowledge, holiness, influence and relationship.

Wealth

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalm 24:1). He told certain people, if I were hungry I will not tell you, the cattle on a thousand hills are mine (Psalm 50:10). When David was giving generously for the building of his temple which his son Solomon would embark on, he said he only gave out of what was given to him by God (1Chronicles 29:1-19). He acknowledged the divine ownership of all things. Melchizedek called God the possessor of the heaven and earth (Genesis 14:19).

There is no limit to what God has or can give us. Jesus said: be of good cheers little children because it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). The kingdom of God is beyond meat and drink but it is rich in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The possession of God is beyond the ephemeral, the limited, earth-bound. His ownership right extends to all realms and ages. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to acknowledge the absoluteness of God’s dominion (Daniel 3:34-37), and that He gives dominion to whoever he wants. We are merely custodians of his resources.

He is the one who gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). When the children of Israel were coming from the land of Egypt, he told them what to do to have the wealth of the land transferred to them (Exodus 12:35-36).

You can only claim to have what God has given you. To God be all the glory, honour and power forever and ever (Revelation 5:13). The universe and heaven were made by his words, he spoke them forth and they appeared. The word was his raw material for the formation of all things.

In the beginning was the word; and the word was with God and the word was God, all things were made through him (John 1:1-5). By faith we understand that the worlds were made by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3). The creative force is in the word of God, and since we are made in the image of God, we can create wealth with the words of our mouth. If you are the exclusive custodian of the raw material for all things, like God is, then you have the monopoly of creativity. That is why God is called the only wise (Romans 16:27, 1Timothy 1:17).

Knowledge

God knows absolute everything, just like he has absolutely everything.  David said that God knows his thought afar off (Psalm 139:1-3); well before he was even aware of them. He spoke to Jeremiah: before you were formed in the womb I knew you and appointed you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).

Many years before they were born, Josiah a king of Judah (1Kings 13:2) and Cyrus a foreign king (Isaiah 44:28) were mentioned by name by God, with what they were meant to accomplish. How they will live their lives to fulfil the mind of God was written with some details. God’s knowledge covers time and eternity. It is complete.

Paul said that if anyone thinks he knows something, he should realise that he does not know nearly enough (1Corinthians 8:2). The aim is for us to know more of ourselves the way God knows us, have the same expectation of ourselves as he does. Paul prayed for Philemon to know enough about what God put in him, that his life will take a quantum leap in effectiveness (Philemon 1:6).

Isaiah wrote that as far as the heaven is from the earth, so the thoughts and ways of God than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We are so far from God when it comes to knowledge; we depend on God to know the right things because of the devil will want to feed us with falsehood.

Jesus on earth amazed Nathaniel with the extent of his knowledge. Jesus described him in one phrase, though he has never met him before, and Nathaniel in turn called him: the King of Israel, the Son of God. That little flash of knowledge was enough for him to recognise that Jesus was divine (John 1:45-51).

In like manner, the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is reflective of divine knowledge. This is reflected in: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy, tongues and interpretation of tongues. That is five out of the nine listed gifts of the Spirit (1Corinthians 12:4-12).

Holiness

Compared to God’s our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Our self-effort at being right is tainted with selfishness. The holiness of God is a high standard, it is still the standard. It is the ultimate standard. He is awesome in holiness, untainted by evil.

Peter said: be holy as the Lord your God is holy (1Peter 1:15-16). We are meant through the discipline of God to be partakers of his holiness (Hebrews 12:5-12). It takes the blood of Jesus to clean us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:7).

Influence

People pride themselves in who they know, who they can influence. The ultimate influencer is God. He is everywhere, and is all-powerful. He can reach anyone. The bible says that the heart of a king is in the hand of the lord and he stirred it whatever direction he wants (Proverbs 21:1).

Relationship

God exists in a threesome. There is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). There is oneness among them. That reality should translate to the church. He wants us to have a similar relationship with one another. Paul said that we should learn to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, as we foster oneness among us (Ephesians 4:3).

Our strength is our unity. The psalmist says: “how good and precious it is for brothers to dwell together in unity,” comparing it to the oil on the head of Aaron, and that the blessing of God is commanded in such conditions (Psalm 133). Jesus Christ prayed that we may be one, as he and the father are one, being the sign that we are his disciples (John 17:11, 21-23), like Him.

 

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