Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you. Psalm 40:5
Sometimes we forget the wonder of God. The splendor of who He is; in all His complexity and infinite knowledge and power. We often fail to recognize just how limitless and incomprehensible He is.
The Bible speaks of the attributes of God to help us understand just a small fraction of who He is. I think it is good to reflect on those whenever we start to lose focus.
Children have a sense of imagination that we as adults lose as we get older. That sense of the awe of life gets clouded by the mundane daily grind and the cynical culture we live in. We can easily forget how awe-inspiring the Bible’s descriptions of God are.
There are some amazing metaphors for God shown in Psalm 27:1 that help describe what God is to us. Hopefully it will encourage you to offer Him praise for who He is.
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
God is our “light”.
The Bible uses the analogy of “light and darkness” often. God is always spoken of as “light’. Evil and those who embrace it is always viewed as “darkness”.
Psalm 18:28 says
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
God takes the crap in our lives and makes it beautiful. He takes our sins, our failures, our disobedience and turns it into a story of redemption and grace. God enters the darkness of our hearts and shines the light of His truth.
When we are stumbling in our sins and in the confusion of life it can often feel like we are walking blind. No human understanding, wisdom or philosophy can give us the light of knowledge that God gives. We need it to live confidently without fear of the darkness that surrounds us.
Only God can light our lives with His truth so we can see clearly.
God is our “salvation”.
The story of our redemption was written with the ink of Christ’s blood. Salvation is only found in Him. God is worthy of praise because He delivered us!
God saves those who love Him. The Bible is a constant story of God’s salvation. He saved Israel countless times when they were taken captive due to disobedience. He gave them victories and raised up godly men to lead them when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Christ died to bring salvation even to those of us who are not God’s chosen people (the Israelites). We can now be grafted into His great plan of salvation.
God is a God who brings salvation when we have no hope.
God is our “stronghold”.
God is our rock and our refuge. We can run to Him when we are weak or afraid. When we are overwhelmed with life we can go to Him. We do not have to fear anyone or anything because if God is for us who can be against us?
We have a shield to protect us from everything that the world sends our way. We are not defenseless because our God will fight for us.
But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
We can rest secure knowing God will lead us through whatever trials come our way. He holds us in His hand; with a grip that will never let go. We can lift our head high in victory for He will lead us through!
These are just a few pictures of who God is. The Bible is full of descriptions of Him. There’s no better time to get into His Word and find out more about Him.
So what descriptions of God have you been meditating on lately? Let us know in the comments.
Zach Van Houten is a Christian writer and blogger who lives in Merced, California. He plans on pursuing full time ministry in some capacity if the Lord allows. He started blogging for Congruent Culture in 2013 before merging with Comments on Christianity. He recently founded a Christian website called Me In Perspective. Contact: Twitter| Website | SoundCloud