I want to give you a glimpse of the character of God. Please read through his attributes slowly. Let them sink in. Let them amaze you. Let them overwhelm you. Be aware of what happens in your heart as you become even a bit more aware of his goodness, his grace, his glory. Get to know him more intimately. Embrace his holiness. Be in awe of his grandeur and glory.

Meditate on his character. Consider that God is the Creator of heaven and earth (Gen. 14:19). Scripture calls him God of glory (Ps. 29:3), the great I AM (Ex. 3:14), and righteous Father (John 17:25). God is our fortress of salvation (Ps. 28:8) and the eternal King (Jer. 10:10). He is the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3), the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10), and the God of peace (1 Thess. 5:23). He is the Almighty (Gen. 49:25), both compassionate and gracious (Ex. 34:6), and he is a consuming fire (Deut. 4:24).

I could go on-and it might draw you closer into His presence to seek out and meditate on other attributes of God. I find it helpful to personalize the presence and attributes of God. He’s not just our God, but he’s also my God. If you know Christ-if you have committed your life to following him as a disciple-he is your God too.

Feel the power of his presence. If His Spirit dwells within you, you can say with confidence: He is my Rock (Ps. 42:9). He is my Savior (Ps. 18:46). He is my stronghold (Ps. 144:2). My God is the one who blots out our sins (Isa. 43:25), and He is my God who comforts me when I hurt (Isa. 66:13). The King of the universe is my advocate (Job 16:19). He is my comforter in sorrow (Jer. 8:18). He is my confidence when I’m unsure (Ps. 71:5). He is my strength when I’m weak (2 Cor. 12:10). God is my helper (Ps. 118:7), my hiding place (Ps. 32:7), my hope (Ps. 25:5, 21), my light (Ps. 27:1). He is my refuge in time of trouble (Ps. 59:16), he is my song (Ex. 15:2), and he is my strong deliverer (Ps. 140:7).

God is holy-set apart and perfect in all His glory.

So holy is God that he cannot look upon sin (Hab. 1:13).

So holy is God that mortal man cannot look upon him in his purest essence and live (Ex. 33:20).

And this holy, otherworldly God is slow to anger and abounding in love (Ex. 34:6). Not just for humankind, but for you.

When you become aware of his presence, you will not be the same!

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