I want to apologize in advance for the title of this “Coffee with the Lord” reflection! I would not for a moment trivialize the majesty, splendor or holiness of our God. But I have to be honest — really this is how I came up with it… When our family moved to Texas over 12 years ago, I was introduced to a burger chain that won my affection (for its burger [one of the few available with God’s greatest vegetable – the jalapeno], for its biscuits and gravy, and for a good cup of coffee). That burger chain is something that northern folk don’t have – “What-a-Burger”!
This morning, as I spent time reading and reflecting on Psalm 103, I was reminded of just how great and marvelous a God we serve! And I’m sorry…I couldn’t help it…There’s no getting around it…We serve “What-a-God!” This psalm was written by David to express the supreme greatness of the God we serve! It should leave us saying…Wow! What-a-God!
First of all, David’s exhortation is, don’t forget all the wonderful things God has done – and all the things He does… and can do! Recall them! Bring them back to mind! Let them provoke awe and gratitude! Oh, I could tell you the stories… So could you as you think about it… In fact, the Bible is the record of the wonderful, awe-inspiring, faith-generating feats of God! Take a moment right now and read verses 1-5 of this great Psalm… I dare you!
Next, David urged us to contemplate God’s impeccable character! (Read verses 6-18) He highlights the greatness of God’s love – His “steadfast love” (Hebrew: “Hesed”) – His covenant keeping love. The key idea is declared in verse 8: “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love!” The great Apostle Paul prayed we would be able to grasp it: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father… that you being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge!” (Ephesians 3:17-19) Oh the life-transforming power of His love!
Then David urged us to consider the Lord on his heavenly throne! “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all!” (verse 19) Oh, that we might see Him in His exalted position, splendor, and kingly power! That would change everything for us – our problems, our challenges, our issues, our lives! It happened for Apostle John! After he had been shown a revelation of the state of the 1st century church, he heard a divine summons… “Come up here!” and he was immediately swept up into the heavenly throne room, saw God upon His throne, and heard the heavenly worship! Wow!!! You should read it in Revelation 4!
So, how should a person properly respond to a God like that? David only knew one way (and a way we should respond, as well) – authentic praise and worship! Here are his words… “Oh, bless the Lord, O you his angels – you mighty ones who do His word, obeying the voice of His word! Bless the Lord, all His hosts – His ministers who do His will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of His dominion! BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL!!!”
All I’ve got to say is… “What-a-God!!!”