Whether he will admit it or not, every unbeliever has a god. One may claim to be an atheist; but you will find him trusting in this or that object and revealing superstition. He will speak of lucky numbers and of good luck and bad luck. Doing so he speaks of powers outside himself which determine his lot. And that is an admission of trusting in a god.
But the child of God believes in the one true God and makes a very rich and powerful confession. With the psalmist he says, "For this God is our God forever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death" Psalm 48:14.
This God is the great God Who is greatly to be praised and who is mentioned in the preceding verses: the God Who did so much for His people in His loving kindness based on His righteousness. He is the God Who has absolute power over all other so-called gods. He is called the Lord of lords in Psalm 136:3.
We ought to put the emphasis upon the word "our." This God is OUR God. His loving kindness and righteousness in Christ are our comfort and protection. Before the world we are going to cry out with confidence that THIS God is OUR God for ever and ever! And we are going to tell the coming generation the truth concerning Him. Before and with our children we are going to sing:
This mighty God forever lives
Our God and Savior to abide,
And till our pilgrim days shall end
Will ever be our faithful guide.
Death is coming to all of us. No unbeliever has a god that can stop death from coming or give us victory over it. But our God guides us not simply until death but into death in order to deliver us from our sinful flesh; and because of His Son's sin-removing sacrificial death, guides our souls through the door of death into heavenly glory. When Christ returns He will raise the body with greater power and blessedness than Adam had in paradise.
Our God is an infallible guide and a powerful Savior. Tell all the world in all your life that He is your God.
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 320
Why not sing along??
Quote for Reflection:
We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognize rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity; for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with Himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow-Christians, and requires to be fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment. —J. I. Packer
- Date: 25-November