Who You Are

They say You’re bigger than we are–that to be able to shrink You down to our level with glib explanations would minimize the greatness of who You are.  Does it sadden You, or anger You, or amuse You that we’ve made worship about us?  Will we ever truly understand that it’s always going to be about You?  We jump up and down trying to grab Your eye, competing with our sisters for Your favor, naively thinking that will somehow give us greater standing in Your kingdom.  Meanwhile, You look for the meek and lowly ones, just like Yourself. 

Who are You, really?  Who is the I AM who is so wrapped up with us that He would indulgently allow our self-absorbed lives to move about in uncaring oblivion of Your greatness?  “i am….i am….i am” we insist, when, if we listen carefully, the hearbeat of creation is, “I AM….I AM…..I AM.”

Recently You reminded me that we only know who we are when we see who You are.  Too often, though, I spend my attention on myself in the vain effort to eclipse Your Son.  You will not share Your glory (Stephen Venable’s teaching blessed me so much this week–click here).

So let’s make it about You today….one moment at a time. 

Great is Your Name above all of creation. Holy and righteous, faithful and true, unchallenged in all of Your decisions, unequaled in all of Your splendor, You alone reign.  Justice marks Your throne.  Mercy is Your scepter.  Love is the center of all You are.

You are He who is and who was; You were at the beginning, and You are beyond the end.  From everlasting to everlasting You are established, King over the earth, sovereign majesty enthroned in glory. 

Lion of Judah, Lamb who was slain, Morning Star, Root of David, Word who became flesh, meek and lowly One, Firstborn of the dead, You radiate splendor.  You are the singing, dancing, laughing, shouting God.  You never change.  You never lie.  You never sleep.  You never fail.

You stand alone.

In You is all wisdom.  You have inherited the greatest Name.  Yahweh.  Prince of peace.  Lord of all.  You have all authority, dominion, honor.  You are without blemish.   You are victorious in all You do.

You make the clouds Your chariot and ride on the wings of the wind.  You thunder from heaven.  You are good, gracious, compassionate–slow to anger, abounding in love.  You are all that is holy, all that is kind, all that is beautiful.

You alone are God.

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17 Responses to Who You Are

  1. cindyinsd says:

    Let the people praise You, O Lord; let all the people praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! God is mighty above all the earth. He makes the clouds His chariot and rides upon the wings of the wind. He alone is good, He alone is mighty, He alone is light and life and love and joy. And into all this–into Himself, He invites us. He says, “Come, Beloved. Die to all that–leave it all behind and come live with me. All you need is here with me. Come, come, come. Come now.

    Thanks for making worship rise up in me–You are a beautiful sister and a blessing. I really needed that.

    Love, Cindy

    • Chrystal says:

      I love the worship that is spilling out of you! I think that often we don’t grasp of the significance that “every knee will bow and ever tongue will confess….” ALL of the earth will give Him glory. The people will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” This is an absolute fact, not a nice ideology. We will spend eternity choosing to honor Him for His own sake; it might be a good idea to start now!

      Grace over you!

  2. timbob says:

    Hi Chrystal. Thanks for taking time to address an issue that I’ve wrestled with in the past. (and still must be diligent as to ensure that it isn’t happening now) Too easily, we can unwittingly begin to walk about in a vain show; thinking ourselves to be spiritual when in fact, it is of the Lords mercies that we are not consumed. Like the Ephesian church in the book of Revelation, we abandon our first love and replace it with our religion. May we instead abandon the show and look steadfastly unto Jesus; the author and finisher of our faith. Who was before all things and by whom all things consist.

    Revelation 3:3 is incredible. “And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” It’s as though, for a moment, John was granted a glimpse at just how pure and righteous the Lord is, compared with how unworthy we are. This understanding was so profound that he wept much; until one of the elders instructed him to “behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of david.” What an awesome salvation we have in Jesus.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

    • Chrystal says:

      Does it ever get any easier, Timbob? Half the time that I think I’ve started getting a grasp of this whole meekness/humility thing, something happens that hurts my feelings and makes me realize just how much I’m still wrapped up in self.

      Kirk Bennett has made a CD called “Realm” that sings through Revelation 4 and 5, and there’s one song–The Search–that journals a frantic quest through the heavens and the earth to try and find someone worthy to open the book. What must that have been like, for John to convulse in sobs when confronted with our unworthiness to take something from God’s hand and open it? May we never become calloused to the honor we’ve been given in being able to read Revelation….

  3. slamdunk says:

    In the tradition of the Psalms, is a great post. Thanks for the gentle reminder–I too often look for my own glory instead of His.

    • Chrystal says:

      You’re not alone! It’s so easy to focus on ourselves and our circumstances rather than on our Creator and His greatness. We have to have His grace to even begin cutting through our base-level selfishness.

  4. Rachel says:

    Interestingly Timbob – the idea of God being our first love came to mind as well as I was reading the post . . . find that interesting. A HUGE insight I had years ago that changed my approach was to read the Bible to learn about who God is – not some other motive which made it about me, which it had always been. What a difference that made.

    Thanks for the reminder.
    Rachel

    • Chrystal says:

      I love the insight that the Lord gave you! Do you have any practical tips to put it into practice? It’s so easy to try to make the Word fit our paradigm instead of reading it for what it truly says!

  5. lupoid says:

    Er… Wow! Strong words…

    • Chrystal says:

      Haha–well, sometimes it’s good to call a spade a spade when you’re looking at yourself (but only if you fall on His grace and it causes you to realize His absolute kindness and the fullness of His love for you!)

  6. Daughter of the KING says:

    Its so awesome chrystal how u speak of how it takes the grace of God to even help u to see how selfish u are and self-seeking. I praise God for his mercy and his great incompariable love for me. Sometimes you dont even realize whats in you but if you are a spirit-filled believer and walk with God with an open heart to receive he will show u yourself. I Pastor once said the closer you get to God the more you see yourself and how undone you really are. It was Isaiah that said it best I saw the Lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple and i cried woe is me. I summarized it but you can go to Isaiah 6:1 and see all of it.

    • Chrystal says:

      Thank you so much for reading and for commenting (and I apologize for the delayed response–I’ve neglected my blog world shamefully, it seems). That passage in Isaiah 6 is one of my favorites! Can we see Him for who He is? Even just a glimpse? The God who looks like a jasper and sardius stone, surrounded by an emerald rainbow, flashing with fire and light and passion–do we dare look at Him? Or rather….do we dare look at anything else?

      Bless you on your journey!

  7. Josef Sefton says:

    Chrystal , I think that you are a tremendous writer. As you are very busy we understand if you decide to have a small break from writing. Always remember that you are a great blessing to your readers whether you are currently writing or not!

    Do we dare look at Him? Or rather….do we dare look at anything else?
    Yes, we “look” at God’s awesome character as we study the Holy Bible and thank, praise and worship Him. May Triune God always bless you and your husband on your exciting, shared journey!

    • Chrystal says:

      You’re very kind, Josef–but to God alone goes the honor. Do you ever hear that little voice in your head dictating what you are to write? That is how it feels sometimes for me–like I am simply transcribing what He’s saying. It’s a joy to write with Him =)

      May your day be blessed and may you have a revelation of God’s great love for you today!

  8. Josef Sefton says:

    Chrystal , you gave us the perfect answer, for the more God purifies us the closer we will represent Him whether we are writing, drawing composing, singing or being a loyal Mom. May your days always be blessed and may you too have many mighty revelations of God’s great love today, tomorrow and forever!!

  9. Reine Gnade says:

    Heavenly Father, we praise you for allowing us to see the character of Jesus even more clearly, and for allowing the scales of blindness to fall from our eyes, so that we can experience His healing powers, and acknowledge Him for whom He really is: the Lord and Saviour who has come into the world.

    May God so bless your life, precious readers, so that you can hear and believe hHs words “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5).

    Come let’s behold the Light of the world in the flesh through diligent bible study and prayer! (John 3:19-21)

    May God so bless you, diligent students, so that you can witness, “Holy God has restored my spiritual sight.”

    Truly, the formerly blind man witnesses that Jesus is the Son of God! To God be the glory!

  10. Reine Gnade says:

    May God so bless your life, precious readers, so that you can hear and believe His words “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5).

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