My God

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My God

 Have you come to know God in a personal way? Is He not only sovereign Lord, King, and Leader but also your God, Father, and Friend?

 Richard Hollerman

 

Abraham was called the “friend” of God

 (James 2:23)

 None of us can fathom how utterly essential it is to be in a right relationship with God Almighty. Without Him, we are lost in sin, spiritually dead, alienated from God, and absolutely hopeless. With Him we find spiritual life, eternal salvation, reconciliation to Him, and ultimate hope. But what does God say about this saving relationship with Him that comes through Christ Jesus our Lord (John 14:6)? What is involved in this oneness between the Creator and the creature, the Father and His child?

We discover how close we may be with God in dozens of different passages of Scripture, all discussed in a variety of ways. Let’s look at some of what God says in the Bible, God’s own written revelation of Himself. In order to learn something of this relationship, we’ll actually speak to God directly in prayer and praise in this little tract.

 My God. . . .

Dear God, you are everything to me. I love you more than life and long for you more than my greatest desire. The more I think about you, ponder you, meditate on you, learn of you, and know you, the more desirable you are! Yes, the more wondrous I find you!

·      You are my love 

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).

·      You are my peace

 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2). “The God of peace” (Romans 15:33)

·      You are my hope

“He on whom we have set our hope” (2 Corinthians 1:10). “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

·      You are my joy

“God, my exceeding joy” (Psalm 43:4). “You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence” (Psalm 21:6). “In Your presence is fullness of joy” 16:11).

·      You are my light

“The LORD is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1). “God is Light” (1 John 1:5). “In Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9).

·      You are my strength

“The LORD is my strength and my shield” (Psalm 28:7). “O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness” (Psalm 59:17).

·      You are my Helper 

“The LORD is my Helper, I will not be afraid” (Hebrews 13:6). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

·      You are my Savior

“. . . the commandment of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 1:1). “. . . to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority” (Jude 25).

·      You are my Father

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. . . . Now we are children of God” (1 John 3:1-2).

·      You are my Home 

“. . . the eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalm 90:1).

This just gives us a small taste of the kind of closeness we are to enjoy as we relate to our blessed God.  The psalmist wrote, “. . . the nearness of God is my good” (Psalm 73:28). He felt so close to the Lord God that he could write, “I am continually with You” (Psalm 73:23). If a person before Christ could claim that he was near to God and God was near to him, how much more today—since we have been united to God through Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with Him (Romans 5:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21). Since we have the Spirit of God actually dwelling in us, we can be especially close to the Lord (Romans 8:9-11).

Consider the closeness, the nearness, that David had with His Lord:

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;

My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,

In a dry and weary land where there is no water. . . .

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,

My lips will praise You.

So I will bless You as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name. . . .

You have been my help,

And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for you.

My soul clings to You;

Your right hand upholds me.

(Psalm 63:1, 3, 4, 7, 8).

Is this the kind of intimacy with God that you crave? Do we develop this kind of passion for God by reading His Word regularly, by meditating on Him, and by praying to Him? Most of all, do we come to know God by growing in our relationship with Christ Jesus, His Son?

Our closeness to the Lord is to be so close, so intense, so intimate that we read in Scripture that “He [God] is intimate with the upright” (Proverbs 3:32)—or “the upright are in his confidence” (ESV). Jesus was so clear about this depth of intimacy with God that He said eternal life consists of “knowing” personally “the only true God” (John 17:3). We also have the blessing of true “fellowship” with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son (1 John 1:3). Fellowship with God Himself? Yes, this is the privilege we have as His beloved children (1 John 3:1-2).

Since God is our Father, we can call Him our own God. As Paul put it, “My God shall supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19). Do you freely call God “your” own God? Do you call him, “My Father”? Do you call Him, “My Lord”? He is all of this—and more!

Do you sing to God and bring Him delight?  Do you think deeply about the meaning of the songs you sing? “Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee…” Do you really want to be nearer to God? Do you want to have a close, personal, spiritual, living relationship with Him? Don’t let your praying, singing, or praising be superficial or perfunctory. Rather, think about what you are saying to God your Father.  God is not just God, but He is “your Father” (Matthew 6:8). He loves you with an intimate, saving, special love that goes far beyond the general love that he gives to people in the world. He loves you with a extraordinary, intimate love reserved for His dear children who love Him in return, through Christ Jesus (John 14:21-24; 16:27).

The kind of relationship that God wants with His children is not a cold, external, superficial one. He longs to have a close, deep, and spiritual bond with us. Let’s repudiate the kind of external connection that the Pharisees had with God. Let’s forever renounce the kind of external and shallow relationship that we find in the world of religion and churchianity! Rather, let’s grow in the kind of relationship that the psalmists had with Him. Let’s seek the relationship that Paul, Peter, John, and other New Testament men and women of God had with Him through Jesus Christ the Son. Now is the time to seek Him—personally—with all of your heart!

Verses for Memory or Meditation

Psalm  23:1-6

Psalm 27:1, 4

Psalm 42:1-2

Psalm 46:1-2

Psalm 62:1-2

Psalm 63:1-8

Psalm 73:23-28

Psalm 103:1-18

Matthew 11:25-30

Romans 8:28-39

Philippians 4:6-9

Titus 3:4-7

2 Peter 1:2-11

1 John 4:7-5:3

 

 


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