The Transcendance of God

One of the more popular verses in the Bible is Psalm 8:4.

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

All of the monotheistic religions have a similar understanding of God’s nature. God is the three o’s, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. God is all powerful, all knowing and everywhere. God is creator and sustainer of the universe. God is righteous judge and perfectly holy.

Sometimes, we as humans don’t always understand these concepts. Sure we affirm them every day, and we theoretically understand how something could be all powerful. We understand what power is and what it means to have more power than something else. We understand what knowledge is and what it is to have more knowledge than someone else. We understand space and time and how something could theoretically be big enough to take up more space than we do.

But do we ever stop to think about what this means for God to be all of these things? This is a creature that is so powerful that He does what He pleases. God can create anything He desires and needs nothing to sustain Him. He go where he wants to go and is not tied down.

Think about your own self. Our knowledge is limited by our physical brain, our perception and the availability of information. We are confined by gravity, physics and biology to one, single location. Certainly we only have enough power afforded to us by our bodies that quickly fail us.

Let’s not forget to mention the fact that we are sort of spoiled brats. When God blesses us, we want more. When God gives, we frequently take with little gratitude. When God loves, we spurn it.

While David here is recognizing his limitations and wondering who we are that God would care about us, I think it’s also important to ask, who is God that he would care about us?

What does it say about God’s nature that he would lower himself down to the level of his creation to redeem and to reconcile them back to Him? If he does what he pleases, is obligated to do nothing for mankind and is wholly holy, why should He worry about man?

To me, this truly paints the best picture of God. For it is not by our own righteousness that God saves us, but it is because God is filled with grace and loves us that much.


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