Who is the First and Best of Beings?

“God is the first and best of beings.” (The Baptist Catechism)

Isaiah 44:6 says, “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and the last; besides me there is no god.”  God Himself proclaims that He is the supreme being.  There is no one like Him.  He is not just one of many gods as some believe.  He is the only God.

So, the psalmist sings, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).  The phrase “our Lord” was referring to the covenant relationship God had with Israel, but as we see, His name was majestic “in all the earth“, even in the places and among the peoples who didn’t acknowledge Him.  God’s glory is not contingent upon humans acknowledging it.  It is “above the heavens“!

Psalm 96:4 says, “…great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.”  This is not contradicting what God said in the verse above, but rather saying that He is superior to all the false idols in the surrounding nations.

Similarly, the psalmist says in Psalm 97:9, “For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.”  This isn’t talking about location, but about supremacy.  God is supreme over everything and everyone.

Hannah sings in 1 Samuel 2:2, “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God.”  He is utterly incomparable.

This is the God of the Bible.  This is the God whom the true Christian worships.  The true Christian doesn’t place himself on the same level as God.  The true Christian bows and trembles before this First and Best of beings.  May our hearts be right in worship to Him.


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