I believe that the word excellent is overused in our society. In my last post I talked about what excellence is. It doesn’t just mean good, or even great. It means that what’s described is far ahead of all the others. It’s not a word that should be used lightly.
It’s a descriptive word that should probably be reserved for God, and the things associated with Him. We serve a God of excellence. I just want to take a post and show the excellent God that we serve.
The very names that God uses about Himself point to the fact of His excellency. Here are some examples from the Old Testament:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
In this verse God is called the Most High. This is a term of comparison. There are many things in the universe that could be considered “high.” But of all the high things and people that exist, God is the Most High. This fits perfectly into the definition of excellence.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
Exalted and above are also words of comparison. They relate the Lord to His surroundings. They show that He alone is in a position of supreme excellence. There is no other god that can even compare to our God.
My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.
Song of Songs 5:10
In the Song of Songs, written by Solomon, an allegory of the marriage between Christ and His church is put forward. Christ is referred to here as outstanding among ten thousand. This is an obvious comparison showing the excellence of Christ.
In the beginning God…
Before everything, there was God. All of creation sprang from His Word. He’s at the head of all He created. That’s a perfect description of excellence.
When we use the word excellent, we should be careful to understand it. We mustn’t water it down to simply describe something that pleases us. We should always be aware that we serve a God who is the very definition of excellence.
Christ truly is the Excellent One.
Question: How would you describe the Excellency of our Lord?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013