Have you ever thought that our God the Father is humble? Pastor John Fenn said in one of his teachings that as Jesus and the Holy Spirit are meek and lowly in heart, our God the Father is also meek and lowly in heart. I understand that Jesus is the express image of His (the Father’s) person (Hebrews 1:3), yet I never thought the Father God enthroned in the heavenly place is also meek and lowly in heart. As I often thought of the Father’s majesty and greatness, I never pictured Him meek and humble. Thus Pastor John’s mentioning it enlightened me.
Then, in a week or two, I came to read Psalms 113, and the verses 4~6 came to me as Rhema words:
The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
I do not know how many times I read this chapter in the past, but it was the first time that I read God who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth. Indeed, I got to find out the Scripture that confirms His meekness. And I looked up EnduringWord.com, the online commentary by Pastor David Guzik, and read below:
Who humbles Himself to behold: When we understand the greatness of God, His interest and care for creation (especially mankind) is remarkable. Here the psalmist shared the idea of David in Psalm 8:4: What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 144:3 has a similar sense of amazement.
i. “God’s loftiness can never be adequately measured, unless His condescension is taken into account; and His condescension never sufficiently wondered at, unless His loftiness is felt.” (Maclaren)
ii. “What amazes the psalmist is that God is exalted so high that he has to stoop low to see not only the earth but also the heavens, and yet at the same time he cares for the lowly.” (Boice)
iii. “Heathen philosophers could not believe that the great God was observant of the small events of human history; they pictured him as abiding in serene indifference to all the wants and woes of his creatures.” (Spurgeon)
iv. “If it be such condescension for God to behold things in heaven and earth, what an amazing condescension was it for the Son of God to come from heaven to earth and take our nature upon him, that he might seek and save them that were lost! Here indeed he humbled himself.” (Henry, cited in Spurgeon)
Friend, isn’t this amazing? In verse 4, it says “His glory is above the heavens.” So, in order to behold the things even in heaven, He should humble Himself. How much more for Him to behold you and me on this earth? Not only beholding us, but He cares for every single detail of us. He knows what foods we like, what color we like, what music we like and what our hearts’ desires are. Of course, He knows our needs. Imagine there is a CEO in a big multinational company. Imagine that he is interested in each and every employee in his company, including outsourced employees who clean pantry, restroom, and so forth, and he makes friends with a janitor. He knows the janitor’s name and asks him how his family is doing, knowing the names of his family members. How would you describe the CEO? I don’t know whether there would be such a CEO in this world. The authority and power of our God is beyond compare, yet He humbles Himself, to see us and cares for us.
After I read Psalms 113 and mediated on it, I got to respect our Father even more. Recalling the days when He satisfied my desires in some foods, home-finding, and so on, I realized He was not only kind, but very humble. Then, how much more should we humble ourselves?
One night when I worshipped the Father, and listened to Him, I was marveled and grateful for His sharing part of His plan for me. Just like King David said, I felt what is man that You are mindful of me. And I thanked Him for His kindness. Then, He said, “You’re My friend. So, I shared that.” What an honor to be His friend! He humbled Himself, and called me His friend. If a CEO or a president of a nation would call me friend, I would feel so honored. And the Creator of the universe and God the Father calls me friend. I felt it simply wonderful to be His friend, and this is possible because of His meekness. Friend, He is no respecter of person, and He calls you His friend, too. It’s my desire that you and I learn His meekness, humble ourselves and serve others, just like Jesus, His Beloved Son did.
Have a bliss!
The Lord looks from heaven;