January 16, 2003
"Every Knee Should Bow" bible thoughts  

It is remarkable to me that I serve “the God of heaven.” Have you ever wondered about that phrase? We talked about it recently in our Sunday School class. It is one of my favorite descriptions of God.

The immediate thought is clearly understood. Everyone knows what the heavens are. Most people think of God as somewhere in the sky. But for the Jews and for us today who are confronted with idolatry, the God of heaven is full of significance!

We worship the God of heaven because He is not only above all, but He is also God of gods (Psalm 136:2). He has no golden image we worship. We worship Him by faith. That was why the Jews and the Gentiles alike called Jehovah, “the God of heaven.” He had no image for men to worship, and He proclaims Himself the only True God.

On another level, the God of heaven expresses to us God’s sovereign power. He “is the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). He sees what we do. But what is very important to me, is that He sees me where I am. I do not mean my physical location—He sees my heart. And the Great God of heaven with His sovereign power loves me as a father loves his child.

There is awe in His Name. The God of heaven is worthy to be praised. There is blessing in His Name: “He chooses our inheritance for us…” (Psalm 47:4). And there is mercy in His Name: “Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 136:26).

I serve the God of heaven. Praise His Name.

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(Psalms 136 NASB)

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {2} Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {3} Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {4} To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {5} To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {6} To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {7} To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: {8} The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {9} The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {10} To Him who smote the Egyptians in their first-born, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {11} And brought Israel out from their midst, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {12} With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {13} To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {14} And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {15} But He overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {16} To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {17} To Him who smote great kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {18} And slew mighty kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: {19} Sihon, king of the Amorites, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {20} And Og, king of Bashan, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {21} And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {22} Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {23} Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, {24} And has rescued us from our adversaries, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; {25} Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. {26} Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

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