I love God, He's my Father, Lord, Savior and King. When reading Psalms 91 in Brian Simmons Psalms Poetry on Fire a phrase in verse two caused me to pause: Here's how I describe Him ... I wonder; "How do I describe God?" I know how I feel, but how would I describe Him?
It's the Christmas season and I describe Him as a baby in a manger. At Easter He's the crucified Savior. Both are wonderful images yet I sense I could describe Him as something more than what He is, more of who He is and how I know Him.
I wrestle with descriptors as He's indescribable. Words like wonderful, marvelous, magnificent all apply but are inadequate for what I want. To describe how I know Him words like generous, kind, patient, gentle, jealous, passionate are only a start. To state the obvious; He is love personified.
Then in Psalm 8, from Poetry on Fire, David describes Him as a 'Fascinating Artist'. There it is... that's the God I know, He is Fascinating! He never ceases to amaze and astound me. Just when I think I've figured something out He smiles, then expands and elaborates in such a way I respond; WOW! I love that about Him.
His artistry is a wonder! The orange of a sunset, pink sunrises, grey thunderstorms, spring greens, summers bouquet of color, falls brilliance, winter draped in white. Who but God could have such a diverse creative imagination. I like that about Him!
The list of adjectives are endless for describing God; perhaps that's why He said to simply call Him I Am. Yet in discovering new ways to describe Him I'm drawn ever closer to knowing more about His character as Father, Lord, Savior and King; how exciting!
So, how do you describe God?
Friday, March 22, 2013
As a kid I loved to imagine I could go to far away places to times long forgetten in search of lost treasures. Perhaps it was Aladdin's cave where only I would know the magic word that opens treasures door. Then I'd jump onto a flying carpet, soar through the heavens my heart searching for grander adventures and more treasures.
As an adult I discovered the book that became the guide for life's God adventures. Along the way we've walked through the valley of the shadow (Ps 23:4), and He has made my feet like hinds feet and set me upon my high places (Ps 18:33). The doors which have opened, revealing heavens treasures, when I knocked, unlocked with the key of unconditional love, or simply asked in the name of Jesus.
Within this great read of a book I discovered God treasures which were purchased with His blood and freely given through the Holy Spirit. Oh the wonder of His favor, the mystery of joy unspeakable and full of glory, the heady scent and flavor of the Spirit's ripened fruit. John wrote; "And there are many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written (John 21:25). I imagine those treasured books are in eternities heavenly library where they are read.
A definition of treasure is the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up. Oh what good and precious gifts have I collected over the years, filled my heart's storehouse of faith so that when needed freely I have received freely I will give. Because I know where my treasure is there will my heart be also. (Luke 12:34)