Who is like the Lord?

If I were to ask you a question about the Lord, what would your response be? Would it be the same question that David is asking in the Psalm 113?

Psalm 113:1-10 “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”

No one is like Him and no one could take His place — Isaiah 45:5 “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”

Our lives shouldn’t have to have a reason to give Him praise, from the rising of the sun to its setting, whatever happens, let us sing and let us sing “Who is like the Lord?”

Psalm 77:13 “Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?”

So who is like the Lord?

  • Who can turn ashes into beauty
  • Who can be a father to the fatherless
  • Who can make a way where there is no way
  • Who can and who has turned your grave into a garden
  • Who can breath life onto dry bones and make them live again.

Who Shall Ascend?

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 

Psalm 24:3-5ESV

— We don’t approach God with good works so that no man can boast. 

We approach Him with clean hands (innocent: – blameless, clean, clear, innocent, free, guiltless)

We approach Him with a Pure heart

Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

In the Old Testament before the high priests were able to walk in the Holy place God required consecration. And He still requires it! A setting apart, lets face it, we are not of this World! We are to be salt and light to this generation.

This is living the Christian way; keeping a pure heart.

But thank God that through Jesus we are clothed in His Righteousness!

2 cor 5:21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

WIDE OPEN

God desires relationship. He wants to be part of every aspect of our lives. He wants to come in and fill every void space in our minds, our hearts and soul. All He requires is for us to keep the doors to our hearts wide open.

Psalm 24:7

“Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.”

Prayer:

Lord I give you control over every area of my life. Every ancient door in my life, and stubborn entrance within my heart, my mind, my body and soul be lifted so that you can come in and have your way.

FINDING STRENGTH

Q: In whom does your strength come from?

A: We find strength in the Word of God.

1 Samuel 30:1-6.    FINDING STRENGTH IN HIS WORD

Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

We read David had a choice to seek God for strength or to go on his own strength. 
  • WHEN NO ONE IS THERE TO ENCOURAGE YOU, 
  • WHEN ALL YOUR FRIENDS HAVE TURNED AWAY
  • THERE IS ONE! THAT STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
  • ABLE TO EMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES
  • He IS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF

WHEN ALL HOPE IS GONE AND HIS WORD IS ALL YOU HAVE, YOU’VE COME TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU! WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF YOURSELF BUT ALL YOU HAVE IS HIS WORD, YOU’VE COME TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU!

WHEN YOU TAKE THE SPIRITS LEADING INSTEAD OF YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING AND ALL YOU HAVE IS HIS WORD TO LIGHT UP THE PATH, YOU’RE GOING TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU!

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God”

“It’s the Word of God that is sharper than any two edged sword.” – Hebrews 4:12

It cuts through sin

It cuts off addictions

It heals

It delivers

It sustains

It is living!

THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE WHEN YOU FIND STRENGTH IN HIS WORD!

>>PRAYER<< 

“But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.”

WHEN WE WAIT ON HIM, HE WILL RENEW OUR STRENGTH, IT’S ONLY IN HIS WORD THAT ARE STRENGTH IS FOUND.

Purpose of His Presence

There is nothing like going on vacation to see those who you haven’t seen in such a long time. Knowing the activities and adventures that you will embark on are priceless. The time that you will spend together laughing, maybe crying about stories that you have experienced in the past are priceless. Maybe it’s just a phone call to hear their voice that you haven’t heard in a long time. That time together is priceless.

That is how it is with the Lord, David says in Psalms 63:5

“Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. – Passion Translation

Q: So What is The Purpose of His Presence?

A: He, the Holy Spirit keeps you from wandering and causes you to separate (consecrate) anything else that is trying to take His place.

Matthew 4:18-22

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a]20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

There was something about Him that made these men leave behind their lives their livelihoods all that they have ever know they threw it away for the cause of Christ. What was it? They saw His Presence so valuable.

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me cthe path of life; 

in your presence there is dfullness of joy; 

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.”

Do you see His Presence so valuable and so priceless?

What is Character?

I find out that the definition of character is who you are when no one else is around. The wholeness of a person. In this Psalm David was concerned about the questions asked and answered in this Psalm.

 

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?

Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right

and speaks truth in his heart;

who does not slander with his tongue

and does no evil to his neighbor,

nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised,

but who honors those who fear the Lord;

who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest

and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

David lays out eight core values of a person of character.

  1. “Works righteousness” (v. 2); those who are in Christ does the right thing, that is, “God’s thing,” no matter how great the cost.
  2.  “Walks uprightly” (v. 2); we deal with personal mistakes with integrity. A person of integrity admits mistakes and makes corrections and restitutions.
  3.  “Speaks truth in his heart” (v. 2) ;a person of character delights in honesty, guards the honesty of his heart, and takes delight in what is honest, and genuine.
  4.  “does not backbite with his tongue” (v. 3); person of character uses disciplined words and does not slander. Speak truth, bring life, strength, and joy to others by their words.
  5.  “Honors those who fear the Lord” (v. 4) ; defend others who are righteous, whether a friend or not, a person of character comes to their aid, regardless of the cost.
  6.  “Swears to his own hurt and does not change” (v. 4); when we say “yes” we mean “yes,” and when we say “no,” we mean “no.”
  7.  “Does not put money at usury” (v.5 ); usury means charging people interest on money loaned. We don’t use money to get ahead or to gain at the expense of others. We understand what we have is a gift of God and needs to be used to accomplish God’s purposes.
  8. Does not “take a bribe against the innocent” (v. 5); don’t use people to meet emotional, physical, or financial needs. A person of character treats everyone as the sons and daughters of God.