“To Know Him is to Love Him.” Sounds trite. Sounds like a 60 girls group song (actually it was recorded by the “Teddy Bears” in 1958). But it is a truism. IF you can’t love the
God who is revealed in Scripture, then you do not know Him. You can’t; because He is loveable. What often gets in our way is the faulty perception we have of who God really is. Instead of reading, studying,searching the Scriptures for ourselves, we let others create for us our understanding of who God is and what He is like. But friends, to worship a caricature of God is to worship a false God. Let me give you some examples:
- All love; no justice God. This is the god of the “abundant life; prosperity gospel groups (I hesitate to call them “c
- Hyper Calvinist God. This brings to mind groups like the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. One need only see the URL of their “church” to know what they are – it’s godhatesfags.com. Please don’t bother to go there.)
- God of the worship service. The music’s hot; pastor’s cool; the message is lukewarm.
- God of the “Thou Shalt Nots.” This is pretty much the opposite of the top group in the list. These are often the “Independent, Fundamental, Friendliest Church in Town” groups.
Justice, love, majesty; these are words that, in part, describe the God of the Bible. Here is a true depiction:
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
8 and he judges the world with
righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the .
13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
See my affliction from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
– Psalm 9:7-18.