Many people have the wrong view of God simply because they do not know what the Bible which He gave us so that we can understand Him and His ways better. When you have the wrong view of God then you will have the wrong view of the relationship you can have with Him. Even many people who have been going to church a long time have the wrong view of God.
In his book The Church in the age of crises James White list the Views of God that people have. (The Church in an Age of Crisis pg 32, James White)
Authoritative God: 31% God is both engaged in our world and Judgmental. Hurricanes / Tornados show his wrath.
Benevolent God: 24% engaged in our world but not judgmental
Critical God: 16% Judgmental but disengaged.
Distant God: 24% Nonjudgmental and disengaged.
No God: 5% Atheist
Whether it is the view of God being a genie to do our bidding or an absentee God who never seems to be around when we need Him, many people do not know what God has told us about Himself. Every view you have about God will affect your relationship with Him and how you interact with Him. If you believe God has lightning bolts in His hands then you will think that God is waiting for you to mess up so He can punish you. If you believe that God is a loving grandparent who does not care what you do then your life will be lived selfishly because you will think it is all about you. When you have the correct view of God that He is sovereign but at the same time made a way for you to be in a loving relationship with Him, then you submit your life in obedience to Him.
If we examine our view of God there will be some things we are correct on and other things we are wrong about.We are going to see what David said about God and how we can learn the truth about God and how we should view Him.
Read Psalm 103:1-4a
View One: Forgiver of our sins
Our society does not see themselves as sinners they see themselves as “mistakers.” When you believe you only made a mistake and not sinned it changes how you view yourself and your need for God. Sin is anything we do that goes against the nature and character of God. When we sin, although we sin against others, we are ultimately sinning against God.
Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Did David just sin against God? No, he sinned against Bathsheba and her husband yet his main offense was against God. No matter how offended you are about a wrong that was done to you, no one is more offended than God.
Even though we have offended God He has made a way for us to be back in a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 14:6)
Heals my disease
Although many on Television like to talk about healings that God gives on this earth this is talking about the ultimate healing of being in Heaven for eternity. When you read the Bible you have to take each verse in context and David is talking about eternal healing because he is talking about eternal things. Everyone that Jesus healed when He was on the earth still died. So this is talking about spiritual healing (Isaiah 6:10; Hosea 14:4) which we all need because one day we will all die.
Who redeems your life from the pit
The majority of people do not believe that when we die we just die. Every religion has an eternal life of some sort and even some atheist believe that your molecules live for eternity. People may never go to church but there is something inside of them that says we live beyond this earth.
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? The foundation of Christianity is that Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, was the perfect sacrifice that died according to the Jewish sacrifices of the lamb, and rose again. Jesus took the punishment we deserved and not only that He defeated death by coming back from the grave. If we could earn our own way to Heaven then Jesus would not have had to die. If all roads lead to God then Jesus death on the cross was a waste of life and He should of just stayed alive till he was in his seventies or longer.
We used to use the terminology being saved in church because there was something to be saved from. We were saved from Sin that separated us from God and we were saved from being separated from God for all eternity in a place the Bible calls Hell. Even many Christians do not like the doctrine of Hell but Jesus spoke of it frequently.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell
Study Matthew 5 or how many times Jesus said weeping and gnashing of teeth which was talk of Hell if you do not believe that Jesus thought Hell was a real place.
Hell is what David was saying he has been saved from when he mentions the pit. David who was an adulterer and murderer knew he needed to be saved and that he was saved by grace and not because of what he had or had not done. God gives us eternal life with Him, not because we can earn it, not because we deserve it but because He chose to.
Acts 16:31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
How can you be saved from the Pit (Hell)? Believe that what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross paid for your sins. When you believe something then your actions will act accordingly. Its more than head knowledge it is a surrendering of your life to God because of what He has done to save you from the punishment you deserve.
When you stand before God as a Christian there will be no sins for God to bring up because they have already been taking care of on the cross with Jesus Christ. You will stand before God as a Christian for the things you did in the body of Christ whether good or bad (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) but not a comparing of your life as good or bad.
If a person does not accept the free gift of Jesus Christ then they will give an account of the good and bad in their life and they will be shown that they did not measure up to the standard of Christ and therefore those people will be banned from the presence of God for all eternity.
Read Psalm 103: 10-12
God does not deal with us according to our sin, so why do we deal with people according to their sin? God cares more about the eternal relationship He wants with you which is why He took care of your sins for you. It would not have been wrong for God to allow us to die for all eternity separated from Him, yet He chose to love us and provide a way to have a relationship with Him even though we had sinned. God did not deal with us the way we deserved and so we need to not deal with people how they deserve.
Mankind seems to want people to pay for their wrongs done to them where God paid for the wrongs we did to Him. If your sin is as far as the east to the west then we have to know that He has done away with it. Gods love is so great for us that He threw our sin so far away from us it would never be seen again.
Your first view of God needs to be that He is the forgiver of sins provided by Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross. How you view your sin and how you view what God did to your sin is very important if you are going to have the proper view of God.
Read Psalms 103:4b-9
View Two: Renews us daily
To renew means to resume an activity after an interruption,to begin again or make new.David uses the illustration of an Eagle because an Eagle during Molting will exchange her old feathers for new ones. God literally gets rid of the old and makes you new again.
2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
God literally cares for you by removing the old junk off of you and making you new. This process will be finished in Heaven but know that God is working in your life to make you more like Christ every day.
We join God in that process by getting rid of things we know that do not bring honor or pleasure to Him and by adding the things that He would take pleasure into our lives.
Ephesians 4:22-24 …to put off your old self,[f] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
View Three: He is Righteous and Good Judge
There is not one thing that has happened to us that God has not foreseen would happen to you. Although we may wonder why God does not act differently we can know that one day He will set everything straight. When we do not understand why He allows certain things into our life we need to trust Him that He can use all things for the good even if it is not good for us. (Romans 8:28-29) Every wrong that has been done and every relationship that is broken will one day will be brought into the light and there will be no more confusion as to what was right and what was wrong.
View Four: Merciful and Slow to Anger
When we read the stories of the Israelites and how they continually went away from God we wonder how they would do that until we realize we are the same way. God cares so much for us that He allows mercy to rule so He can have a relationship with us. This does not mean that God did not deal with sin, but it does mean that He did not take out His wrath on us like we deserved but He did pour out His wrath on Jesus.
Romans 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
We need to view God as merciful and Slow to Anger and we should realize this since He does not punish us like we deserve and He does not strike us down for every sin we commit.
Read Psalms 103:13-16
View Five: Compassionate
God has compassion because He knows how weak we are. God views us like we would view a baby beginning to walk. The baby will fall and stumble but we still cheer them on for their success and help them when they stumble.
God knows us better than we know ourselves and He knows our weaknesses and He already knows the sins we are going to commit before we commit them. Jesus died for all of our sins two thousand years ago so that means the ones we have not even committed yet. This is why God can have so much grace and mercy toward us because He has already dealt with our sin.
When you picture God looking at you what do you see Him saying? God is patient with you because He sees your frailty as a human being and He knew you could not deal with your sins by yourself. We should view God as a God of compassion because He cared enough for His creation to die for them.
Read Psalm 103: 17-18
View Six: Steadfast Love
Human love fluctuates with feelings and behavior but God’s love is steady and never changes. Christianity teaches that God showed love toward us even when we did not show any love toward Him. God loves us despite how we act. Of course we have to give our lives to Him in order to become His child.
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Once we are His child we cannot be a servant. (See Luke 15 and the Prodigal Son) In verse 28 David says they are secure because there is nothing that can change the relationship with God.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate you from God once you are His and you can know you are truly His if you long to do the things He commands. That does not mean perfection but with His Spirit inside of you there should be a desire to begin doing the things God wants you to do.
John 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
We cannot earn Gods love through obedience but when we Love Him we obey Him.
Read Psalm 103:1-2
David’s knowledge of God caused him to sing praises to Him.We are blessed to have the relationship we have with God that He made possible through Jesus Christ. SO what is your view of God and is it correct? Do you see that He has forgiven your sin no matter what it is? Do you see how He cares for you? Do you see how much He loves you?