Thirty times in Scripture, God reveals Himself as “the living God”. Fifteen times, in fact, in each Testament. When He uses the word “living” to describe Himself, He is conveying to us that He is active in the present tense or, simply put, “I am.” He is actively full of grace, love, mercy, and truth. He’s always there when we need Him. He will never fail us. Our living God seals those who belong to Him. That means that once we trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we become the property of the living God. We are born by the Spirit of the living God and forever His!
How sad to see what unregenerate man worships or relies upon. “Wise” Solomon informs us that to live for anything other than the Lord is vanity. Collectively we, as His Church, are to be “the pillar and ground of the truth” that the living God has revealed to us. But, it’s having a personal relationship with Jesus our Savior that inspires each of us to lovingly labor and suffer reproach. However, we must guard our heart from something far more lethal than cholesterol, namely, the unbelief that causes us to depart from the living God.
Wealthy people are cautioned not to trust in their uncertain riches but in a very certain living God. When Israel was facing the challenge of conquering the Promised Land, Joshua told them that they did not need to fear their adversaries, but could rely upon the greatness of the living God among them. David said that Goliath should not get away with defying the armies of the living God.
The living God is my God, and I understand why David’s soul got so thirsty for Him. It is good that we cry out now to the living God for His favor because the world will have to face the wrath of this living God one day. Reader, heed the gospel’s call and escape this wrath. Never doubt the Lord’s ability to deliver you when you feel “caged in”. The kingdom of the living God is forever. It is indestructible.
“‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’” Rev 5:12-14