Knowing God: High and Holy Sovereign God!

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1)

The Apostle Paul, several times in the New Testament, reminds believers and unbelievers of the glory of knowing God the creator. This certainly was the situation when Paul was at Mars Hill in Athens, Greece. The account is found in Acts 17:16-34. First of all, we witness the reality of human religion in 17:16-18a. Second, in Acts 17:18b-21, we witness the reality in humans for the new. Thirdly, in Acts 17:22-23 we witness the reality of human worship. Fourthly, we witness in Acts 17:24-28 the reality of the creator.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”

What may we observe from Paul’s message about knowing God as our creator? There are several things we should not ignore.

First, we need to know that God made the world and everything in it. From the minute atom to the largest galaxies and everything in-between, God created it all. Creation does not exist by chance bur rather by God’s intelligent design. You and I have been uniquely designed by God.

Second, we need to know that God is the Lord of heaven and earth. Not only is God our creator, but by logical conclusion He is the sovereign Lord of all. This is why many deny the existence of the One, True God and instead proclaim the theory of evolution. They do not want to be held accountable to the Lord of heaven and earth because of their sin.

Third, we need to know that God is self-sufficient and is not confined to temples, is not ministered to by humans as if He was in need, but rather is the source of all life. God does not depend upon us, but rather we depend upon God.

Fourth, we need to know that God sovereignly determines the length of our lives along with when, where and to whom we were born. He is control of everything. See Psalm 139.

Fifth, we need to know that God has done all that He has done, and is doing, so that humanity many know Him in an intimate and saving relationship. For in God we live and move and exist. Consider this as you mediate on the hymn High and Holy Sovereign God.

All existence flows from You,
High and holy Sovereign God.
Greatness, goodness, pure and true,
High and holy Sovereign God!
All-transcending Source and Goal,
Mighty God, our Father!
All is peace in Your control,
High and holy Sovereign God.

Who can harm us in Your hand,
High and holy Sovereign God?
Who can block what Grace has planned,
High and holy Sovereign God?
Who can part us from Your love,
Mighty God, our Father?
None below and none above,
High and holy Sovereign God!

Fill our vision day by day,
High and holy Sovereign God!
Fill and rule this house of clay,
High and holy Sovereign God!
Lift our small and fearful hearts,
Mighty God, our Father!
Fill our faith with all You are,
High and holy Sovereign God!

 

Soli deo Gloria!            

 

 

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