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Images of God In The Psalms

A couple of days ago, we spent some time examining Christology in the Old Testament, or the Messianic prophecies that are found in the Book of Psalms.

Today, we're going to take a closer look at the images of God in the Psalms.

Did you know there are multiple images of God found in the Psalms?

Our Lord reveals Himself in every Book of the Scriptures. In fact, the Word of God drips with pictures and descriptions of God!

Image of God as Shield (Psalm 3:3; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 119:114)

Image of God as Rock (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 42:9; Psalm 95:1)

Image of God as King (Psalm 5:2; Psalm 44:4; Psalm 74:12)

Image of God as Shepherd (Psalm 23:1; Psalm 80:1)

Image of God as Judge (Psalm 7:11)

Image of God as Refuge (Psalm 46:1; Psalm 62:7)

Image of God as Fortress (Psalm 31:3; Psalm 71:3)

Image of God as Avenger (Psalm 26:1)

Image of God as Creator (Psalm 8:1; Psalm 8:6)

Image of Gos as Deliverer (Psalm 37:39-40)

Image of God as Healer (Psalm 30:2)

Image of God as Protector (Psalm 5:11)

Image of God as Provider (Psalm 78:23-29)

Image of God as Redeemer (Psalm 107:2)

As with previous lists we've published here in recent days, I'm sure this isn't a complete inventory of all the images of God that are found in the Bible.

Also, it's worth noting that those in the ELCA have taken this "image of God" stuff to the extreme and used it to justify such things as female pastors (the verbal gymnastics they need to rely on to make that happen are ridiculous though!).

All that being said, isn't it marvelous that there's still so much to learn about our Lord? We could never exhaust the depths of His glory and majesty!

Personally, I absolutely love that we get to prayerfully consider the many facets of a God who we already know loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die to atone for our sins (John 3:16; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9).

In a Lutheran layman's terms, when it comes to the various images of God, in each one, we glimpse God truly, but not completely.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, you might discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. I decided to leave those published posts up only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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