Who Can Describe You, God?

Who can describe you, God? Like the Psalmist, this morning I awoke pondering that question.  All the familiar scriptures and modern worship songs came rushing into my mind:  “I will not show you My face, for man cannot see My face and live…”, “Your ways are higher… Your thoughts are higher…”, “Who is like you, the lion and the lamb…”,  “on the throne was a likeness with a human appearance… upwards from what had the appearance of His waist  I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around.  And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain…”, “…the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald…”, “the trains of His robe, filled the temple…”, “…hairs of His head were white… eyes like flame… feet like bronze… legs like pillars of fire.. voice like many waters… and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.”

Then I thought, but those are just physical descriptions, what about His character?  Again an overwhelming flood of characteristics and attributes from scripture:

Of His Greatness:

  • Almighty
  • Most High
  • Eternal
  • Ancient of Days
  • Mighty One
  • Living God
  • Holy One of Israel
  • The Lord God
  • The Lord Most High
  • Sovereign Lord

Light:

  • My Lamp
  • Light of my salvation
  • Sun and a Shield
  • The light of Israel, His holy one, a flame
  • Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light
  • Father of lights

Strength and Security:

  • My God, a fortress
  • My strength, and a song
  • My strength and shield
  • My Rock, in whom I take refuge
  • A strong tower
  • A stronghold in times of trouble
  • My refuge and portion
  • The Lord is good, a stronghold in days of trouble
  • Executes justice for the widow and fatherless
  • Father to the fatherless

Provider:

  • “The Lord will provide” (Abraham & Isaac)
  • The Lord is my portion says my soul
  • God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever
  • My portion in the land of the living
  • The portion of Jacob Who formed all things

Hope:

  • Hope of Israel, its savior in times of trouble
  • Hope of fathers

Peace:

  • God of peace be with you
  • Gideon built an altar and called it the Lord is Peace
  • The God of love and peace be with you
  • May the God of peace himself sanctify you
  • May the God of peace himself give you peace at all times

Grace:

  • A God merciful and gracious, slow to anger
  • You are a gracious and merciful God
  • But You, O God, are a God merciful and gracious
  • Slow to anger and full of steadfast love
  • The God of all grace, who has called you to eternal glory
  • Will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you

I could go on and on without scratching the surface.  “Scratching the surface” brings up the vision that I was given in my waking hour this morning while I was pondering “Who can describe you?”  I saw a beautiful diamond, with a cut so complex that each time I looked at it, I saw a different beauty, a different dance of light, a different brilliance, different colors reflected, different facets.  Was the diamond changing?  No.  But, my perspective was.  Trying to describe the characteristics, attributes and beauty of that diamond completely would be impossible because each time I changed my perspective, its brilliance and beauty would change as its facets interacted with each other and the light it reflected.

God’s character and attributes are similar.  But even that description falls terribly short.  He doesn’t reflect the light.  He is the source of the light.   And that single point, is the message He gave me this morning to share.  That vision wasn’t given to try to enhance the description of Who God is — the Bible with its 66 books, 40 authors, and 1500 year composition period just began to scratch the surface.  The vision of a beautiful diamond with a complex cut, wasn’t a vision of God’s characteristics, but each of ours.

He creates each of us to be uniquely beautiful so we can reflect His light with beauty and brilliance.  Yes, we all pick up some carbon and coal along the way that He needs to chisel and cut away, but that process only serves to create a new facet for reflecting Him.  He is a master jeweler and prepared to make the necessary cuts, but He doesn’t bring His jeweler’s saw to bare until we remain still and say, “cut away.”  That isn’t always easy.  In fact, I am certain each of us can say that it is rarely easy.  But, if we meditate (ponder) on His characteristics, on descriptions of Who He is, begin to get a small picture of Who He is, then begin to experience those characteristics first hand, we can learn to trust His design and purpose for our life.  We can begin to be still, know that He is God and allow Him to “cut away.”

As infinite and complex as His characteristics are, He wants each of us to be a unique reflection of His image and shine His reflection with the unique facets He creates.  As He cuts our facets, others will be uniquely receptive to the beauty you reflect from His light.

About Todd Bowman

I am a child of God, a husband to Mindy, a father of seven beautiful children of God, a student of the grace of God in Christ, a worshiper, a teacher, a musician and singer, a writer, a nerd, a geek, and a general advocate of mercy and service.
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