In the history of mankind, it has been recorded and passed down by hearsay that men have had many gods that they worshipped. All but one God, the True and Living God, Jehovah, have been created either in the minds of men or by their own hands: gods of wood, stone, and metal; gods that cannot walk, speak, or have life in them (Psalms 115:4-8; Isaiah 44:9-20).
However, “our God,” the God of all Creation; the God of the Holy Bible; the Giver and Sustainer and Consummator of all Life; the God of Righteousness and Justice and Judgment; the God of our Salvation is “in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psalms 115:1-3). He is the Creator, Controller, and Consummator of all animate and inanimate matter. He is Life and the Giver of Life, both physical and spiritual. Our God became flesh and dwelt among us; fully God and fully man, without sin (John 1:1-14).
The gods of men, created by their own hands, have no life, no beauty, and no power. They lead the deceived inventors of such gods and the disciples of such gods to destruction. There has not been and cannot be any real experiences with the created gods of men.
The Song of Solomon found in the Holy Bible is attributed to have been penned by King Solomon of Israel. Solomon uses many word pictures to describe an allegory of God’s Love for Israel or His Church. He uses the love dialogue between a maiden and her lover (King Solomon). But the reference is past human affairs, for it shows God’s Love for His people and of the maiden’s love (the Church’s love) for her Beloved (Christ).
The question is “How do you view your god?” The maiden, or Bride, in Song of Solomon 5:16b says, “He is altogether lovely.” In verse 10 she says, he is “the chiefest among ten thousand.” The young maiden gives these two statements as an answer to the question asked in verse 9, “What is thy beloved more than another beloved?” Then in verses 10-16, the maiden gives a description of the beauty of her Beloved.
When the maiden said that “He is altogether lovely,” she was stating His Perfection and her love and utmost admiration and desire for her Beloved. She reveals a real experience with her Beloved, “His mouth is most sweet” (verse 16), which is the language of experience.
What kind of experience have you had, or do you have, with your god? Is he real? Or is he only a figment of your imagination? Does he talk with you? Does he give you inner strength to overcome the setbacks of the day? Do you have a “know-so” relationship with your god? Has he promised you peace and power and provision? Has he revealed to you the way of redemption for sin’s curse and penalty? What has your god shown you about where you will spend eternity? I already know the answer. Your god is dead; he never had life; therefore, he can’t give you life, hope, and peace, now or in eternity.
But the God of the Bible is the only True and Living God; the God of Salvation. Look to Him for help, hope, and strength. Call on Him today; He is alive and will not turn you away (John 6:37). Yes, “He is altogether lovely,” “He is the chiefest among ten thousand.” He is the God of experience based on His Love.
If you desire a spiritual Husband; a spiritual Provider; a Protector; a Savior, come to Him today.
(Revelation 22:17) “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.
(This devotional was previously posted on November 12, 2010.)