Jude’s Doxology Part 3
God is able to keep you from stumbling.
God is able to present you as faultless.
The God who is able to do these things is worthy of all our praise.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25
This God deserves all of these in abundance. Actually, this God has all of these in abundance – He is perfect, 100% glory and majesty and power and authority. And so when we say, ‘to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority’, it’s not that we’re offering Him something He doesn’t already have. How could that even be possible? He is complete. Nothing can be added or taken away. No, to me, this phrase is about me acknowledging and recognising that God embodies all of these things. It’s taking the time to remember who God is and to stand in the presence of His glory and majesty and power and authority.
Glory. There is nothing or no one who can compare. Nothing or no one comes close. Nothing or no one deserves our admiration and adoration more.
Majesty. He is King over all. He rules over all. There are no human leaders who come close. He is the ultimate ruler, everything a ruler should be.
Power. Nothing can separate us from the love of God because nothing that has ever existed is more powerful than God.
Authority. Because He is the ultimate ruler, He commands the ultimate authority. Even the wind and waves obey Him. He created the universe.
God, I acknowledge your glory and majesty and power and authority. Reign in me.
We saw God in human form when Jesus came to this earth. Jude actually saw this Jesus, knew him, was related to him – but this Jesus in that particular body in that particular time and place is only a glimpse of the unchanging God who was there from the beginning and on into all eternity.
There is not much that is unchanging in this world. I’ve just returned from a weekend away with seven other women: for the past 21 years, it’s the same month, the same place (even the same lodge!), pretty much the same group of women, the same routines…and yet it is different every time because we are different. We are changing. Because of the constants and regularity, the changes in us seem all the more marked. We are not the same women we were 21 years ago, even 12 months ago.
Our God is a constant. Unchanging. Our relationship with Him will change because we change, but He never changes.
Our rock. A rock that cannot be moved, cannot be shaken, cannot be destroyed.
This is the God we serve.
This is the God we depend upon.
This is our God.