You can find today’s Summer in the Psalms reading here.

Right up there with grace and love in mind-blowing potential is the attribute of God that I will call “Omni”.  Maybe omni is even more mind-blowing than grace and love because we as humans can’t experience anything omni.  Human beings are a pretty one track, one focus, single type of being.  God is a completely different type of being.  We need that reminder because we have Jesus to cling to, who became one of us. And this clarifies quite a bit about God.  But there is this aspect of God that manifests itself, which we can’t fully explain or comprehend.  It’s too “wonderful” for us, as the psalmist stated as he meditated on the multiple omni attributes of our God.  

This beautiful Psalm was produced from the musings and worship of David.  In it we see the expansive power, presence, knowledge and righteousness of Yahweh.  The way that we translate this thought in most of our bible translations is: omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  One commentator has added omnirighteous (pretty sure that’s a made up word, but it’s a pretty cool one).  Omni is a prefix meaning all: in all ways, places, etc : without limits.  Maybe this is what Paul was trying to communicate at the end of Ephesians 1:23, describing Jesus, who is the exact representation of the Father as “Him who fill all in all” (NASB).  We also see this in Colossians 3:11.  In this passage Paul seems to be alluding to the fact that Jesus through the gospel is drawing together all people.  We can understand many of the earthly attributes of Jesus that are revealed to us, but this one – this all – dumbfounds me.  I can’t wrap my mind around it.

As I’ve read through and meditated upon this Psalm, the idea and concept of relationship sticks out all over the passage.  David is expressing his experience of relationship with God.  We see concepts of relationship including: intimacy, communication, honesty, dependency and transparency.

Here’s the catch though. There is a subtle paradox, this gnawing tension that we live in. When we concede that God is all in all, he knows all, he is all, the natural conclusion is that God has complete intimacy with us.  But relationships require two persons, right? The reality is this: Although we don’t typically experience complete intimacy with God It’s available to us.  If we’re honest we don’t experience this type of intimacy with God on earth.  Or very few of us do.  Maybe I just gave myself away to the fact that I don’t!

I’d like to just hand over a quick fix for how to alleviate this problem, but sadly, on this side of eternity there isn’t a way that this will be fixed.  I’m pretty sure this falls under the “already, not yet” concept.  Because we are still on this side of eternity and are still fighting the battle of flesh against spirit, we don’t always experience the intimacy and knowledge of God that he has of us.  This seems unfair. I think it’s because of our desire for the immediate can deter us from embracing the relationship with God that he offers us.  It always boils down to a choice, though, doesn’t it.  This is the one thing that God won’t do for us.  We must make the choice to pursue him back…the choice to relate to him…the choice to seek him.

I’d like to encourage us to push into God the way that David did in this Psalm. He didn’t let the omni, complexity, wonder, power or awe of God hold him back from marvel, worship and embracing intimacy.  

How are you embracing intimacy with God this summer?  What makes you stop because you are in awe of God?  What makes you move toward relationship with him?  If you feel comfortable, I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

 

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!

Also, if you’ve missed any of our Summer in the Psalms devotionals this summer, you can find them all on our Campus Impact Blog.}

Jared Hartman is the Campus Impact Worship & Leadership Pastor. He got involved in Campus Impact as a student way back in 2002, then served as a worship intern. He and his lovely wife Sarah have a beautiful 1 year old daughter. This summer they are looking forward to BBQing and gardening. You can reach Jared at jhartman@lincolnberean.org.