Weekly message from Pastor Mike: Can You See God?

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.

It was a hot evening and I wanted to step outside to get a breath of fresh air. The night was just beginning to cool and up in the sky was a dazzling full moon! Its light lit up my neighborhood, not as bright as twilight, but like someone had a nightlight on. The moon was beautiful as it was nestled in a bed of stars. It made me think of the Bible verse above for my thoughts were of how incredible God is.

He sets into motion the sun and the moon, our solar system (Genesis 1:16) and gravity, and space, and both the number of stars and their names (Psalm 147:4). Looking up in the night sky you can see God, His power, His vastness, His radiance, and the orderly way He makes it all work.

The Earth is perfectly designed to sustain life not only in its distance from the sun, but how it turns on its axis to keep us at the optimum temperature and create seasons so plants and animals can flourish. God can be seen in every part of nature (Romans 1:20), from the majestic mountains, to the powerful sea, to the crazy design of a halibut fish, to the fun designs of orchids, we see God.

We can also see God though the lens of Scripture, the Bible.

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Psalms 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!Blessed is the man who takes refuge
in Him!

This Bible also gives great instruction called the law, the testimonies, the precepts, and the commandments of the LORD.

Psalms 19:7-8 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

In Psalm 19, King David, who wrote this Psalm, sees God is as his rock, his solid ground in the storms and times of crisis in life. David also sees God as his Redeemer, David’s rescuer, the One who will not only bring him out of the difficulty at some point, but restore and revive him. It’s true God does rescue. Sure, in God’s time and in God’s way, but seeing Him helps. That’s why David ended the Psalm and Psalm 34 by saying:

Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalms 34:22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Do you see God? Seeing Him can bring great help and hope as we walk through all of life’s issues, like those from this coronavirus. Because as we see God, proclaiming, trusting and seeing that our Redeemer lives, help and hope follow.

Church is a great place to see God. Though we can’t meet for in-person gatherings we do have resources to help. One new resource is a section on our website “Revive your soul this week.” Housed here are a number of links to videos, emails, posts, publications, and more to revive your soul. These resources also help give greater insight to our Sunday teachings. Every Sunday we learn from the Bible and seek to know God more. Here is the link to our live-streaming services (see live.neighborhoodchurch.com) As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings visit our YouTube channel.