Which God do you mean?
If someone asked you if you served God, you’d say “yes”. But if they asked you: “Which god?”, what would you say? We live in a world where the gods of the major religions are blurred into one, especially by the media, while it is quite clear that they’re not the same. “God” is after all just a title. In verses 5-10 we have an excellent summary of who God is, or in other words, what name He goes by.
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. (Psalm 145:5-10 KJV)
Here’s some more of the different parts of His name to think about:
- the God of Jacob
- the God who made heaven, the earth and the sea
- the God who executes judgement for the oppressed
- God who loves the righteous
- the God who relieves the fatherless and the widow
- God who upturns the way of the wicked
We can use these stated characteristics of God to explain who He is. Many who might cal themselves Christians, for example, do not worship the God of Jacob (Jacob is the former name of Israel), choosing rather to ignore that aspect of Him. That’s not the same god. Many choose to believe in evolution rather than a god who created the heaven, earth and sea. Not the same god. Many choose to create god in the image of a beneficent old gentleman who cares for the wicked and the good equally. Not the same god. Many have a god that they believe looks after their own financial affairs when in fact He cares more about the fatherless and the widow who may be afflicted because of their greed. Not the same god. So I think the question is not just about how we describe God to others, but about which god we ourselves worship.
Have we truly bothered to find out who He is?