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The Solitariness of God
The first recorded song in history was a song extolling the God of Glory for his solitariness as God, as it is displayed in redemption. Moses sang, “Who is a God like unto thee, O Lord?” The theme was repeated throughout the Old Testament Scriptures in the anticipation of Christ’s coming to save his people from their sins (Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalms 135:6; 71:19; 113:5; Jeremiah 49:19; 50:44; Micah 7:18). The Lord God declares his solitariness as God by issuing the challenge, “To whom will ye liken me?” (Isaiah 40:25; 46:5). That which separates and distinguishes God from all his creatures and from all that men call “gods” is his solitariness as God.
We know that God is great in wisdom, wondrous in power, and abundant in mercy. But in these degenerate days of religious perversion, most people know nothing of God’s Being, his nature, and his attributes. There are very few who understand that God is infinite, majestic, great beyond imagination, and glorious. I want to do what I can to inspire your hearts and my own to trust, adore, and reverently worship the Lord our God, by constantly displaying the fact that God is solitary in his excellence and glory as God. There is no one and nothing in all the universe like our God. He is infinitely higher and greater than all his creation. It is the solitary excellence of God as God that inspires reverence for him, faith in him, and obedience to him. — Our God is incomprehensibly great!
It must be stated and stated emphatically that there is one God, and only one (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6). God alone is solitary in his Being. There are many angels, many men, and many of all other creatures. But God is One. He “only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:16). Because there is one God, our allegiance is due to him alone, our affections are to be directed to him alone, and all who know, trust, and worship him are one body.
The one God alone is eternal. Angels are not eternal. Men are not eternal. And matter is not eternal. But God is eternal. In Genesis 1:1 we read, “In the beginning God.” In the beginning there was nothing and no one but God. There was a “time” before time began, when God dwelt alone in the ineffable glory of his own great Being. There was no heaven in which he set his throne and manifested his glory. There was no earth to be his footstool, to engage his care. There were no angels to sing his praise. There was no universe to be upheld by the word of his power. There were no men created in his image and after his likeness. There were no hours, days, months, years, or ages. From everlasting, in old eternity, God was alone in his glory.
He is the great “I Am,” “the eternal God,” who says, “I live forever!” The psalmist says of him, “Thy throne is established of old; thou art from everlasting” (Psalm 93:2). He is the first and the last, “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). This great God, who is alone eternal, is and must be the Creator, Possessor, Ruler, and Disposer of all things.