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The Mighty God – I Peter 5:6 (cont.)
by Alex M. Lindsay
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Reference: I Peter 5:1-14

This Psalm encourages us to bless and praise God (Psalm 34:1); to literally brag about God (Psalm 34:2); to magnify God / make others to understand and appreciate God (Psalm 34:3). We should all have "God stories" - testimonies about God's work in our lives (Psalm 34:4-6). We are here to encourage others to "taste and see" God's goodness (Psalm 34:8-11).

It is in the spirit of this Psalm that Peter begins his thoughts in the second chapter of the book of I Peter. See I Peter 2:1-3. Various translations tell us to taste and see that the Lord is good/gracious; or that we should taste and see the kindness of the Lord. Let's take some time to taste some of the goodness of the Lord and see what that should produce in our lives. As we learn about God from Scripture, God Himself will guide us and develop us into the image of His Son (Isaiah 54:13; John 6:45; II Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:28-29; 12:2; Matthew 11:28-30; Ephesians 4:20-24; II Peter 1:2-4; 3:18).

1. The Blessed God - I Peter 1:3
2. The Holy God - I Peter 1:15-16
3. The Glorious God - I Peter 4:14; 5:11
4. The Mighty God - I Peter 5:6
5. The Gracious God - I Peter 5:10 cp. 2:1-3 (KJV / NKJV)

The Mighty God - I Peter 5:6
God's glory and might go hand-in-hand. Many of the Scriptures which speak of His glory also speak of His power. God is Sovereign. He rules over all. God is Omniscient. He knows all. God is Omnipotent. He has all power. So, God's might could be summarized in His Authority, His Knowledge, and His Unlimited / Unending ability to do all things. Actually, every attribute of God is some form of power - even His gentleness (Psalm 18:35). All of Creation is a testimony of God's power (Romans 1:20). See Genesis 17:1; I Chronicles 29:10-12; Psalm 46:10; 62:11; 66:1-7; 115:1-8; 147:5; I Timothy 6:15-16; Revelation 1:8; I Corinthians 4:20; Isaiah 46:9-10; 40:12-28.

We, therefore, should be humble before His power and majesty and have complete faith in Him. We should depend on His strength, not our own. We must seek His power, so that it is released into and through our lives. We should honor, obey, and submit to Him in the fear of the Lord. See Isaiah 40:29-31; Psalm 18:1-3,25-36; 21:1,13; 46:1-11; 59:16-17; 62:1-12; 63:1-2; 68:32-35; 71:16-18; 91:1; 105:4; Romans 7:14-18 (cp. Philemon 1:6); 8:1-4; I Corinthians 2:5; II Corinthians 6:17 - 7:1; Ephesians 6:10-13; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:9-11; I Peter 1:3-8; 5:5-7 (cp. James 4:1-10); II Peter 1:2-11; Hebrews 12:28-29.

There are dangers to those who deny, ignore, or underestimate the power of God. See Matthew 22:29; Luke 12:1-5 (cp. Proverbs 1:7); Romans 1:16-20 (Romans 1:16-32); II Thessalonians 1:7-10; II Timothy 3:1-9; Hebrews 6:4-8.

Note: Christ, not only has all of God's power and authority at His disposal, He is described as the very power of God Himself. See Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 1:18-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:8-10. Consider Acts 17:30-31; I Corinthians 15:20- 28; Hebrews 13:20-21; Jude 1:24-25.

Note: Consider the following heavenly scenes and then ask yourself what our worship of God, on earth should look like: Isaiah 6:1-5; Revelation 4:1-11; 5:6-14; 7:9-12; 11:16- 19; 15:1-8; 19:1; cp. Matthew 6:9-10; John 4:23-24.

Originally delivered October 28, 2018
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