The Attributes of God

Psalm 73.25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” The Psalmist reveals his understanding of the worthiness of God by desiring God more than all the measly things of this world.  He rightly understood that the things of this world could not compare to the glory of God; thus, God was to be desired and pursued above everything else.  In a similar vein, the great New England pastor, Jonathan Edwards, once said, “God is the highest good of the reasonable creature.  The enjoyment of Him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.”  Like the Psalmist, Edwards rightly understood that the true knowledge of God was to be the chief pursuit of any ‘reasonable creature.’

Is there any more rewarding object to engage the mind than meditation upon the Divine?  If this is the case, then it is becoming of every man, woman, boy and girl to seek the true knowledge of God.  This knowledge can only be obtained through reading, studying and meditating upon the perfections of God revealed in His Holy Word.  While some things can be known about God by observing His creation (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1), the full knowledge of God necessary for both salvation and true worship can only be obtained through the Sacred Scriptures.  The Bible is as a treasury filled with wonderful riches, the greatest of which are the attributes of God.  The wise man will seek this treasure more than gold or silver for “the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 3:14-15)  If man will have true wisdom and blessedness in this life, then he must know God, not as man would conceive of Him or like Him to be but as He is revealed in the Holy Writ.

With this in mind, I will be posting in the upcoming months a series of articles adapted from A.W Pink’s booklet, The Attributes of God.  The goal of these articles will be to examine the Scriptures to behold the glory of God as seen in His many attributes.

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?  Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15.11)