“Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart,
that the LORD he is God in heaven above,
and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.”
~ Deuteronomy 4:39
It should be the life quest of every individual to know God and to increase our present knowledge of Him. We are instructed in the scriptures, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Job 22:21). The worldly man loves to glory in all his accomplishments. He adores his beauty and youthful strength. He glories in his wisdom and earthly successes. He revels in his riches and spends his days flattering himself. All such glorying is vain, foolish, and wicked. God says, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:24). So far from pondering our own greatness, our text instructs us to know and consider God.
We see at once the sovereignty of God set before us for consideration. He rules with great power in heaven and upon “the earth. A king on the earth is only king of his kingdom. Once outside his country, he has no executive powers. However, God is the king of a vast domain. Of a truth, He “inhabiteth eternity.” His power knows no limits of potency or jurisdiction. He does whatever pleases Him to do.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). The agnostic has said, “Well, there is a God. But He is in the heavens and we can’t know Him or worship Him. All such religion is futile.” They go on their way unconcerned about the unknown God. They think Him far away and obscure. “He is in heaven and we are on earth. What do we have to do with Him?” This only gives more reason to fear Him. “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3). It is not only in heaven that He does His will, but also “among the inhabitants of the earth.” The hymn writer expressed it thus,
There’s not a sparrow, or a worm, But’s found in His decrees;
He raises monarchs to their throne, And sinks them as He please.
As absolute sovereignty demands, He is the one true God. Ten times in the scriptures when talking about God, we are told there is “none else.” Our text is one of those occurrences. “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (I Corinthians 8:5-6).
The world worships many gods. There is no shortage of knowledge of false gods. However, there is a dearth of knowledge of the one true God. He declares there is “none else.” God has no peers. He alone is God. “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8). He alone is worthy to be praised. God has no real rivals though His enemies are numerous. There is none else. There is none even close. He alone is God.