Who Is God? Who Is Jesus?
Read Psalm Chapter 18
Ps 18:1 I love You, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Jesus is more than our Savior. God is more than our Father. The book of Psalm perhaps expresses that truth more than any other book of the bible. His nature and character lie throughout the Psalms. This passage is a small sampling of that fact. In this passage He is our Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Refuge, Shield, and Strength. Does our world know that? More pointedly, do most Christians know that God and Jesus are much more than our Lord and Savior?
The attitude of most Christians of God is that He is someone we rush to in order to obtain salvation and maybe later rush to Him for His aid in overcoming some life crisis. I know, because I used to be that Christian, and have a tendency to go back there. For many years, the only time I came before Him was for salvation, assurance of salvation, and for the solution to life’s difficulties. After He supplies our needs, most Christians, just like myself, go off and continue to do their own thing. I bet you can see that happening too. God is so much more than our Savior and our Problem Solver.
God and /or Christ is/are our brother, friend, joint heir, companion, daily guide, mentor, counselor, protector, servant, and much more. I’m sure I will think of other things to add to this list later. He does not deserve our total neglect when we feel we are not in some crisis mode. He deserves our undivided attention, all day long, every day. I recently gave some great advice to a great friend. The advice is good not because I said it, but because it is truth. I said, “Our Lord should be at the center of our thought processes all day long every day.”
The cause of all the mistakes we make in life can be directly attributed to the fact that we did not have His will and purpose in mind when we made our unwise decisions. It is as simple as that. If we consulted Him at every turn and twist of our day, we would never again lust after another man or woman or engage with anyone in unholy sexual actions. If we consulted Him first He would remind us of our obligation to represent Him well in every situation we face. We cannot go wrong by heeding His instructions. We could list many other examples of mistakes which we could avoid, if we would only have His will and purposes in our minds at all times.
What would we think of a friend who only shared his fellowship with us when he needed something from us? We would eventually realize that he was only using us. Now, I know that God doesn’t think the way we do. But if we put our human minds to work here, we can see that we mistreat our Lord in that same way. He is not someone who only wants our companionship when we need something. He would love to spend some quality time with us. We can do that in different ways. He is our companion when we study and meditate on His word. He is our companion when we pray. But more than those things, He walks beside us every moment of every day; in fact, He lives within. He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives.
Let’s try a bit harder to include Him in all things we think, say, and do.
Prayer: Yes, Lord.