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287 – What Is Our Risen Savior Really Like?

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We are almost at Easter time. Good Friday is coming. Then will come Resurrection Day celebrations on Sunday. In our society today there are a lot of anti-Christian behaviors. In fact, all over the world, there are anti-Christian activities that are calculated to make us extinct. Our enemies don’t want us to have a say at all. You may feel like you have to defend God or prove He exists. That is unnecessary. The Word of God is the defense of God to a lost world. We will look here at Psalm 115. It was probably written during the time when the Jewish people left their captivity in Babylon and returned to their land. They were weak and weary. They had huge tasks: restoring the Temple, rebuilding their city, regaining their former territory. Some people felt they had other gods who were stronger than the living God. We can learn from what they were taught through this psalm. We can know what our God is really like. Our God is not only greater, but He is also the only living God.

Our God is greater because He is the only one living. “Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them” (Ps. 115:2–8 NIV). Our God is alive. He deserves all of the glory because He gives mercy and grace. He is always interested in us and has the power to do something about it because He lives. Other religions have leaders whose names they revere. But, they all lay dead in their tombs. Because their gods are not alive they can make them no promises. They have mouths but cannot speak. Idols do not speak. Dead men do not speak. “Speak” in the psalm means to make articulate sounds. They cannot promise their devotees a single thing. Imagine worshipping a god who cannot communicate with you! Idols and false gods of world religions can give no protection. The psalmist says they have “eyes but cannot see.” They cannot give protection. But, our God sees it all and knows it all and watches over us day and night. You cannot pray to those pagan gods and expect an answer. “They have ears, but cannot hear.” Our living Savior is at the right hand of our God making intercession for us. They can receive no praise. “They have noses, but cannot smell.” Our living God smells a “sweet savor” in our praises lifted to Him. They are powerless. They have “hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk.” They have to be carried around. They do not lift burdens, because they are burdens. Our living God is present with us in every situation. What a blessing to know and have a living Savior in us each moment.

Our God is greater because He offers us His constant help. “All you Israelites, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. You who fear him, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield” (Ps. 115:9–11 NIV). Our living God is our help and shield. In Psalm 46:1 the psalmist declared “God is a very present help in trouble.” Israel had every reason to trust in God. He had made Himself known to them, protected them, brought them out of bondage, built them into a great nation. We forget the mercies and provisional care of our living God. “You who fear him” in the verse probably refers to people like us who are the Gentile believers in Christ. We are God-fearers. Being a God-fearer makes you less prone to fear. Our living God helps us.

Our God is greater because He is the only one who blesses His followers. “The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike. May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children” (Ps. 115:12–16 NIV). Promises of blessing abound in the text (5 times). Our God who lives thinks about us. He knows our needs and addresses them. He manages our lives and never makes a mistake about what He allows to come into them. He never forgets us. No matter who we are He thinks of and cares for us.

Our God is greater because He is the only one who is worthy of our praise. “It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Ps. 115:17–18 NIV). The dead on earth do not praise God. The corpse in the grave cannot give thanks to God. We who are alive in Christ, can and should praise our living Lord. Easter Sunday is a time when we should join other Christians in praising Him. God does not need our praise, but we need to give it. He is the only one who deserves it. Prayer and praise change things when offered to the only living God! We know Him through His Son who has taken up His residence in us by faith! What a cause for Easter praise! Our living God is the greatest!

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