The Incomparable God
In difficult and discouraging times the Lord says to His faithful people, “Behold your God!” (Isa.40:9). We should certainly look to ourselves, recognising our sins and confessing them to the Lord, but even more we need to consider God Himself, reflecting on who He is and what He has done. In doing so the believer will get strength and comfort.
Moses was a man who thought much upon the Lord, and there were others in his day who did likewise. We learn that after the exodus from Egypt a great song ascended from the shores of the Red sea. Moses and the children of Israel were joyfully praising God for His mighty deliverance. These words rang out from their lips: “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exod.15:11). There are those that may be called ‘gods’, in that they represent divine authority in the nation (indeed Moses was one such), but they are nothing in comparison to Jehovah. There is none like Him, for the name of Jehovah is wonderful, and He is excellent in all the earth!
God is excellent in His being. He is “glorious in holiness”. He is excellent in all His perfections but holiness is mentioned more than any other in Scripture. Even the sinless angels are in awe of it, crying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa.6:3). It speaks of the uncreated purity of the divine nature. As John says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5). And God never changes.
At his creation man was holy but since Adam sinned and fell man tends to bring God down to his own level: “thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself” (Psa.50:21). God delights in that which accords with His holiness: He can only abhor whatever does not. The Bible records divine judgments upon our sinful race – such as the expulsion of our first parents from Eden, the universal flood of Noah’s day and the fire and brimstone which rained down upon Sodom and Gomorrah – and sums up man’s plight in these solemn words: “the wages of sin is death” (Rom.6:23).
God is also excellent in His worship. He is “fearful in praises”. God has made Himself known in His word, which He has magnified above all His name (Psa.138:2). We are to tremble at the thought of God’s greatness and our sinfulness; we are to serve Him with “reverence and godly fear”, for “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb.12:28,29). God dictates how we are to worship Him. It is sad that in many places of worship the praise is what suits men rather than what pleases God: we need to follow Scripture.
God is excellent finally in His works. He is “doing wonders”. Creation and providence are wonderful works of God, showing forth His goodness, wisdom and power. His most excellent work though is redemption, which is what Moses and the Israelites were celebrating. A great battle had just been fought and a famous victory had been won. Israel did not fight however: the Lord fought for them, and they saw “the salvation of the Lord” (Exod.14:13,14). It is a picture of the redemption Christ purchased for sinners by His own obedience, and of a salvation that is all of grace.
Are we singing the same song in our hearts as was sung on that day? Is the Lord truly excellent in our eyes? Then we have indeed been taken out of the kingdom of darkness and freed from the bondage of our sin!