You alone are God. (Psalm 86:10)
Last time we looked at this Psalm with a more or less theological approach. We considered this verse the way David was seeing it, the way he was seeing and knowing the LORD. But then we continued on with more verses from this Psalm to understand why David knew this to be.
“Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. (vs. 2-5, 15)
Notice the couplets:
Protect me— I am devoted to you.
Save me— I serve and trust you.
Be merciful to me— for I am calling on you.
Give me happiness— I give myself to you.
Then David lists off a string of characteristics about his God, who alone is God: good, ready to forgive, full of unfailing love, compassionate, merciful, slow to get angry, filled with unfailing love, and faithfulness. Who wouldn’t want to come to a God like that?
I mention all this again because God being the “one and only” is more than just a theological truth, it’s a relational truth. What I mean by that? Not only is He God alone, He’s all you need. Consider these following verses:
In heaven I have only you, and on this earth you are all I want. (Ps 73:25)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Ps 23:1)
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps 37:4)
The apostle Paul picks up on this theme in in his letter to the Philippians: And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (4:19)
So now we have in effect, a double-edged sword. The LORD, he is God alone. And he’s all that you need. God does not call you into an exclusive relationship, just to exclude you from all else. Your salvation need and you relational need are one.
Your salvation is both eternal (John 6:40), and to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25).
Your heart has more than you can ever ask or imagine:
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
The greatest need for your heart? The greatest need for your soul? Jesus Christ… Only.