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Consider for a moment this God who calls us to gather for worship. He is the Sovereign King of the universe, the One who is infinite in majesty and power, wisdom and knowledge, mercy and love. He is unchanging in His being and in all of His infinite attributes. He is eternally existent, the being who never had a beginning and has no end. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8). He is the One who is so highly exalted that He humbles Himself to look down upon heaven and earth (Psalm 113:5-6). The One whose purposes can never be thwarted, for whom all the nations are like a drop in the bucket (Isaiah 40:15). The One who is in the heavens, doing whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). The One who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness (Isaiah 40:23). The One who has such dominion over every ounce of His creation that not even a bird falls to the ground apart from His ordaining it (Matthew 10:29). The One who reigns so supremely over all the affairs of men that He says, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isaiah 46:10). The One who kills and makes alive, who wounds and who heals, and none can deliver out of His hand (Deuteronomy 32:39). The One who makes poor and makes rich, and who brings low and exalts (1 Samuel 2:7). The One who “does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). The One who turns the hearts of kings wherever He pleases (Proverbs 21:1). The One who gives and takes away (Job 1:21). The One who forms light and creates darkness, who makes well-being and creates calamity (Isaiah 45:7). The One whose glory will one day fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). The One from whom, through whom, and to whom are all things (Romans 11:36). The One whose wrath is so fierce that when He pours out the fury of His anger men will cry out for rocks to crush them because His vengeance is so brutal (Revelation 6:15-17). The One who is so tough that He tells the most religious people around that tax-collectors and prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of heaven ahead of them (Matthew 21:31). The One who is so holy that even the mighty seraphim cannot look upon Him without covering their eyes (Isaiah 6:2). The One who invites all who are thirsty to come to Him and drink from the river of His delights until our hearts rest content (John 7:37, Psalm 36:8). The One in whose presence is fullness of joy, and at whose right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). The One who graciously invites us into the wealth of His infinite joy (Matthew 25:21). The One whose mercies never fail, but are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). The One who determines the number of stars in the sky, and calls every one of them by name (Psalm 147:4). The One whose knowledge is so perfect that He knows the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done (Isaiah 46:10). The One whose very word upholds the entire universe (Hebrews 1:3). The One who rejoices over His beloved children with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17). The One whose power is so great that when He speaks, tsunamis in Asia are silenced (Luke 8:24). The One whose patience is so perfect that He causes the sun to rise upon the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45). The One who is so tender and gentle that He will not break a bruised reed, nor will He quench a faintly burning wick (Isaiah 42:3). The One whose grace opens the eyes of spiritually dead rebels like you and me, and causes them to see the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of His Son (2 Corinthians 4:6). The One who emptied Himself of all this glory and became a helpless baby, born in a feeding trough, and went through life without a place to rest His head, all so that hell-deserving sinners like you and me could enjoy His glory forever (Philippians 2:6-11, Luke 9:58). The One who displays with perfect brilliance both His justice and His love in the very same act on the Cross (Romans 3:25, John 3:16).
As Abraham Kuyper has said, “There is not one square inch on planet earth over which the risen Christ does not say, ‘Mine.’” It is this God – and we have seen but a fraction of the riches of His glory that He will make known to us for all eternity – who bids us to draw near to Him and find our life in Him.
Do you think He can be trusted with your life? Do you think His fellowship will be more satisfying than anything else the world has to offer? Then, for God's sake, turn off the television and the internet and press on to know Him! Stop worrying about what other people think of you and seek the praise that comes from this breathtakingly beautiful God!