This week we introduced a new song as we study through the book of Exodus. It brings immense joy and excitement to me knowing, as a congregation, we will stand together and sing and proclaim these incredible truths. What an incredible gift! I love the catchy melody, but moreover, I am in awe of the lyrics. The lyrics are filled with biblical truths that we often forget about and rarely sing about. Let’s look at the first verse:
God omniscient, God all-knowing in His wisdom does ordain.
Every working of creation to the glory of His name.
Who His thoughts can dare to fathom, who His judgments can contain?
None His equal, unassailable, He our God who ever reigns.
This first verse begins with God’s omniscience, which reminds me of the hope presented in the book of Isaiah. God continually reminds us that He is God and declares His knowledge from beginning to end. He proclaims that His counsel will stand and that He will accomplish all that He wills to accomplish (Isaiah 46:9-10). There is incredible hope tied directly to God’s omniscience; the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in covenant faithfulness (Exodus 34:6-7). Let’s look at the second verse:
God all keeping, omnipresent, in the passing days of man.
First to last, not one forgotten by His strong and steering hand.
He the Sovereign Lord now praise we, He the fount of Providence.
On His word we rest unwavering, yes, His perfect Word shall stand.
In His omnipresence, He is fully present in every point of space at all times. This correlates with His sovereign reign and providential will. We see His providence in Genesis when Abraham was going to sacrifice his son, he spoke of Jehovah Jireh, “God will provide” and God did provide a ram to be sacrificed in place of his son Isaac (Genesis 22). We clearly see God’s providence in Exodus not only in the overarching exit plan for His people, but also for His glory.
God omnipotent and mighty, inexhaustible His strength.
Governments and fleeting powers, melt before His majesty.
How unsearchable His greatness, how inscrutable His ways?
Sing His greatness and preeminence over all created things.
When I sing this verse, it reminds me of the passage Matthew 19:16-30. We see the omnipotence of God displayed in His statement, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than to enter the kingdom of God” (v. 24). He then adds, “With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Our God is so great that His greatness is unsearchable. We cannot fully know on this earth how great He truly is (Psalm 145:3). When we reflect on His preeminence (Col 1:15-20), we should hold Him in the highest esteem in our lives. As we ponder His exalted position, we should be moved to appreciate and worship our supreme God who has shown such mercy in our lives. In Exodus we see His omnipotence in the details of how He mercifully provides and ensures that His people will indeed be free. Let’s look at the final verse, which is my favorite verse:
God unchanging, ever-faithful, to His covenant of grace.
We His people Christ did ransom, to the glory of His name.
Now ascribe unending worship, now ascribe immortal praise.
To the God whose kingdom cometh, blessed be His matchless name.
The God who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent is also the God who makes a Covenant of Grace with His people and it never changes because He never changes. The essence of the Covenant of Grace is the same throughout all of scripture. Through covenant we are united with Him forever and we see that played out in many times and in many ways throughout the Bible (Heb. 1:1). One way we see this is in Exodus 6 where God tells Moses that He has heard their groaning in slavery and has remembered His covenant with them and says, “I will be your God and you will be my people, and I will dwell among you” (v. 7).
All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory (2 Cor 1:20). Thank you, God! We want nothing more than to attribute, credit, and ascribe all glory and all praise to You and Your matchless name!