Do the struggles of life make you question God sometimes?
Life hurts. People hurt.
It feels at times that wherever we look, we find brokenness and pain. And all-too-often, a little voice begins to chunter away in the back of our brains: “If God really cared, this wouldn’t have happened…If God was really loving, He would have intervened by now…” In our hearts, we begin to imagine that we could scale the seat of God’s throne – because if we could, we’d do things differently.
One of the hymns we’ll sing on Sunday morning (Lord-willing) – Behold our God – addresses those very doubts. Not by answering our question straight away, but by giving us perspective. By making us pause and take a step back. To remind us afresh of the awesome majesty and unending power of our God. The God whose hands reach into the depths of the oceans; whose knowledge extends to every grain of sand; and whose power has shaken (or will one day shake) the foundations of every human empire. Before that God, none of us can question Him or “teach the One who knows all things.”
But neither the Bible nor Behold our God leave us with a dogmatic statement that we simply need to accept the brute fact of God’s omnipotence. Because the hands that spun the stars into space were pierced for “all the guilt of sinful man.” And so for all we cannot see or comprehend, God calls us to come and worship Him. Not only because He alone is intrinsically worthy of our worship: but also because He has demonstrated His great love for us in being “humbled to the grave” – even whilst we were still sinners – in order that we may now come, and adore Him.
Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!
Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His Words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?
Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!
Men: You will reign forever!
Women: Let Your glory fill the earth