Our Exalted God

Posted on May 25, 2020

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By David Ettinger

That “Distant” Feeling
Do you ever get the feeling of “distance” which is tied directly to your Christianity? I’m talking about how the world at-large hates Christ and His people and makes their acrimony very clear. Anti-God hostilities infiltrate every part of our culture.

Besides the cultural “distance” our Christianity causes, there is also the heart-bruising family distance which is linked to our Christianity. If you have family members who do not know the Lord Jesus, there is definitely a distance between you and them. They don’t believe as you do. They don’t view life as you do. They don’t understand why you believe as you do, and at family gatherings, you feel very much like the odd-one out.

This distance between you and unbelievers is like a knife which cuts ever so deeply.

Forging On
However, despite the gulf created by the distance, we forge on, clinging doggedly to our Lord who died on the cross for our sins, our Savior who intimately knew the “distance” of suffering (Isaiah 53:3-4, 10-11). We cling to Him because He called us (Ephesians 1:18) and endowed us with the ability to know and to love Him (2 Peter 1:3).

We cling to Him because he has given us the knowledge that He is the only way to salvation (Romans 10:9). We cling to Him because of our deep love for Him – a love we possess because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

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These truths help lessen the “distance” in our lives resulting from our love for Jesus. These truths assure us that our faith is certain, and that the One who loves us will never forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5).

And there is one more truth which helps diminish the painful distance.

Our Exalted God
In Psalm 46:10, God gives to His children this blessed gift of assuredness and security: “He [God] says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”

Knowing the stirring of our hearts and the flood of emotions this sinful world can rile up within us, God tells us to “be still,” which in the Hebrew is raphah. Raphah has several meanings including, “to desist,” “relax,” and “fall limp.”

I like this last one. It is as though we have been straining furiously, and God picks us up in His mighty hand and tells us, “Dear child, raphah, fall limp. Relax every muscle in your body and rest in Me. I’ve got a firm hold of you and I have no intention of letting go.”

Furthermore, the Lord tackles the “distance” issues of our hearts by assuring us that He will be exalted “among the nations” and “in the earth.” Of course, the “will be” is just a technicality. God obviously is exalted among the nations and in the earth, it is just that the majority of the inhabitants of the earth don’t recognize God’s exaltedness. Their eyes are blinded by their unbelief.

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The Lord, however, is exalted and guarantees us that His exaltation will be recognized in the day when He returns to bring judgment upon the earth (the “Day of the Lord”).

But whether recognized or unrecognized, our God is exalted ­– He is high, mighty, and above all things. He is the supreme of all entities, and glory and majesty is the essence of who He is. That the world mocks and despises Him does not detract from the fact that God is exalted and marvelous.

It is His exalted essence which shatters the “distance” we sometimes feel and lifts our spirits to heights of joy. And one day, we will see our Lord in His exaltation, and the cold distance which has afflicted us will be vanquished in an instant.

Because of this, you and I can “fall limp” and know that He is God!