Who do you say that I am?
I’ve tasted many facets of his character
I’ve glimpsed many pieces of his heart
In his word and through the lives of his people-
I’ve seen many true and wonderful repesentations of his Being
I know he is the Christ, the Son of the living God
I know he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life
I know he is the Captain of Angel Armies
I know he is healer and he is provider
He is my Savior, he is my Lord, and he is my God
But when I hear those words…
Who do you say that I am?
In the very depths of my being
What my heart knows
What my heart knows, that it knows, that it knows
Who I’ve experienced him to be
Over and over and over and over again…
The God who is with me
The One who is forever by my side
The One who is near
So very, very near
The One who always holds my hand
I’ve tasted his power
I’ve glimpsed his glory
I’ve relished his faithfulness
I’ve bowed low and worshiped him as God
But the One I know
The One I know, that I know, that I know
The One who is with me…
God has many names – each representing another facet of his marvelous character. I believe he highlights different facets of his character to each of us in different seasons of life. We will never get to the end of who he is and it will be our unfathomable privilege to discover more and more about his character and nature throughout eternity.
But for right now, I have discovered that one of the deepest anchors of my own relationship with him is centered around one very simple but amazing facet of his character: The unshakeable reality that he is always with me. He is Emmanual – God with us.
I love that there have been no rules for these spontaneous devotions – which leaves a creative freedom for things to go where they will. This week, as we were praying about the idea of Emmanuel–God with us–Aeron saw a picture of a little girl in a library. There were shelves upon shelves filled with volumes upon volumes of books – each containing the revelation of another name and character trait of God. But the little girl had one special book that she clutched to her heart – it was her own special and personal revelation of God. As she clutched it to her heart and held fast to its truth, it not only became a part of her, it also became the foundation for her understanding of other facets of his character. I love the way he drew the “books” taking flight as she internalized the truth they represented. I also love the creative flow of the Spirit – often taking us places we had no idea we were going! The only thing we do know is that he always goes with us.
He is Emmanuel – but he is also so much more. Who do you say he is? Hold that truth close to your heart. Let it become a deeply rooted part of who you are, and then … let it soar.