The Lord is
Consider the one of whom we speak here. As the great confession puts it:
“There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.””
“God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of who, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth. In His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.”
What an awesome declaration of God’s character and being. God never changes, and is perfect forever. God is, and we stand in awe of Him. Truly He is to be worshipped by all, and above all. The confession writers have packed a lot of truth into these few words above, and you would be helped by going piece by piece through it again, taking time to ponder each statement (and in places, each word), to dwell on the truth and majesty of God unfolded here.
Oh what sweetness the words of the confession have when we realize this God is the one who shepherds us and cares for us. He guides and corrects us, leads us and provides for us, protects us and instructs us. What a good and kind shepherd we have. What an awesome privilege it is to call God our shepherd, and what a humbling thought it is that He reached down to us to call us into His fold.
This is a thought that rejoices my heart and brings comfort to my daily life, and I hope it does for you as well.