The Horseman, Part 1

During a recent conversation, a man I know stated that, “God was disappointed with Adam and Eve in the garden.” That is to say that God was disappointed that they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6.

Now this man is very careful in the selection of his words, so I know what he meant when he said it. Many of us feel this way, as if we were a disappointment to God even though we might not use that word.

Did you know you cannot disappoint God? The reason is simple, disappointment implies surprise. If you can sneak up behind God and go, “Boo!” and have Him jump, then you can disappoint him.

You can grieve God and quench His Spirit but you cannot disappoint Him. This pickiness of words is actually quite important because a God that you can surprise is one with some very serious limitations. I believe you will realize this as we go along.

Now another aspect is this. If you offend someone, an apology will generally fix things up. But to disappoint someone is a bit different. It is true you can apologize and that should be enough. Yet, there is the nagging feeling that you should do something to make up for the disappointment. Think of it, you have disappointed God, how do you make up for this?

In your mind, you have become a debtor. Then what happens? Well, you fail again, then again and again. Very soon, the debt becomes a weight that you stagger under and then fall. If you are strong perhaps, you get up again, go on, and fail again, and again.

Pretty soon, the Devil walks over to where you are lying, kicks you in the side, and says, “That’s it, you’ve bagged your limit. God is tired of your failure, just lie there.” Tired and beaten the Christian gives up.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18.

If that is where you are now, please remember that the humble and contrite heart cannot exhaust the grace of God.

“For all those things My hand has made [heaven and earth], and all those things exist,” says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2.

God’s own words also tell us this.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.

It is difficult to come boldly before God if we have disappointed Him. Do not think or use the word disappoint in relation to God ever again. The correct word is sin and God has a cure for this.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

Do not ignore or overlook your sins but confess them because you cannot hide them, and you cannot surprise God because He is omniscient. That is to say, He knows all things from eternity to eternity.

There are no secrets. For this reason, I will put it very crudely; you cannot disappoint God because He knew we were idiots when He took us on.

Think of it, God is all knowing, you cannot teach Him anything. He will not suddenly realize something and change His mind.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

Psalm 145 gives us a glimpse of God’s character and I would like to briefly examine this Psalm to illustrate some of what has been said so far.

You will also find much more information in the other Psalms, Job, Isaiah, and the Gospels. The Bible tells about God and reveals Christ from cover to cover.

“I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:1-2.

If you look in your Bible right under the words “Psalm 145”, you will see written, “A praise of David”; this is actually part of the text, though not part of the Psalm. They were put in by the writers not by the translators. So get used to paying attention to them.

Sometimes you may find them helpful in studying a Psalm. In this case, we realize that even though all Scripture is God breathed, David is also speaking from his own experiences with God.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

I will praise you. I will bless your name. I will praise your name forever and ever. We have a man testifying in God’s word as to the truth of what God says of Himself.

He will not just praise God, but He will do it, “forever and ever”. This confirms that David knew that he had eternal life.

“And His greatness is unsearchable”, Psalm 145:3b.

This Psalm builds to a tremendous crescendo and still the words are inadequate to describe the infinite God. My Bible has a marginal note on the word unsearchable. The alternate reading is “Beyond our understanding”.

Where will you find a word that describes a greatness that is like a sea with no bottom and no shore? Can you cross this? Can you measure its depths? I think not and we still are at a loss for words. And David goes on.

“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4.

This is what has happened in Christianity for nearly two thousand years. Jesus said:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.

Men went out and told everyone that Jesus died for our sins and they praised God’s works and declared His mighty acts.

Have you accepted Christ as your savior? Have you embraced that mighty act? Will you praise God’s works to another? You cannot help it, if with David you meditate on these things.

“…meditate on the glorious splendor of Your [God’s] majesty, and on Your wondrous works.” Psalm 145:5.

Have you ever thought of God in terms of glorious, splendor, majesty and wondrous? Have you ever used more than one or two of these words to describe something earthly?

David is not the only one capable of having a relationship with God, for Scripture says.

“Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, [And David answers back] and I will declare Your greatness.” Psalm 145:6.

Like a distant figure of a person on a country road, the nearer they draw to us the larger they get. So too is God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”, Hebrews 11:6.

The closer you draw to God the bigger He gets even to the point that your imagination cannot begin to fully embrace Him. It is enough for He shall embrace you in a way you never thought possible.

Men seek either to gain power, or to be close to it. They seek to be in control. The insanity of it is that they turn their backs on the center of all power and leave it for the meek, the humble, and the lowly at heart to seat themselves at the feet of Jesus.

Let us imagine for a moment that we have a magical closet. Now open the door and put your city in this closet. Now put the state, this country in the closet. Then the oceans the continents and next the entire earth in the closet, all the people; all the angels, the sun, moon, and stars; now the entire universe, every last atom, every last molecule all are now in the closet.

Now you are standing at the closet door, there is only you and God left. There is nothing else, if that could be imagined. God is standing there and you walk over to Him and then you walk around Him and the question comes into your mind. “Where does He plug in?”

You see! God lit the stars; He primed all of the huge energy pumps found in creation. Along with having created all things.

We have nukes, generators, and solar equipment but God is all power and created the very laws which govern the use of these things.

There is no person, thing or power like Him. Now knowing this you have to rejoice at the following verses.

“Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter [marginal, eagerly utter] the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:6-9.

This is a description of God’s personality but it falls short because God is infinite as mentioned before so His personality has to be infinite.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory an honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them [us] brethren…” Hebrews 2:9-11.

The Horseman, Part 1 taken from posted on 10-19-18, updated on 7-6-20.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.

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