February 10th - Great is the Lord
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. Psalm 145:3-10 (NKJV)
In this Psalm, King David beautifully expresses the grandeur of our Lord. One doesn't have to spend much time around people who go to church to hear one of the following sentiments: "God is good!" "Great is the Lord!" The question is this: "What possible measuring stick are we using that accurately defines the goodness or greatness of our God?" What is the criteria used in measuring these virtues?
In order for me to describe the goodness and greatness of God, I have to get personal. In other words, how has God been good to me and what makes me think that He is great? Let's start with God's goodness. In my relationship with God He has proven, over and over and over again, to be patient. In fact, the Fruit of the Spirit, character traits such as love, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and the rest; all of these, God expresses in His dealings with me. He is rather "nice" to me, even in my shortcomings.
Now for God's greatness... David defined God's greatness as "unsearchable." David is saying that God is so great that His greatness cannot be fathomed or measured. His greatness is
beyond our ability to define. His greatness is beyond our ability to articulate. His greatness is beyond our ability to express. He is simply more than...
I know that when it comes to the psalms that God has placed in my heart, I try to express myself with the deep-seeded passions that define my regard for God. I work at crafting meaningful lyrics. Compose beautiful melody lines. Think of inventive arrangements. Sing with all my strength. I try to give the best of what I am; with the knowledge that my Father rejoices at my effort; and at some level I also know that all of my effort falls short in adequately revealing His beauty, His splendor, His glory, His greatness, His goodness, His majesty.
Truly, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!" Amen
Author's Note: I see the splendor of God in creation. At night I marvel at the countless stars of a universe that is expanding as God continues to create. I walk in the midst of giant trees that break the wind and shelter me from the sun, and I am aware of a God that cares. I hear the rain begin to fall and in the distance the thunder rumbles, and I realize how great is my God. Indeed, the saints will bless His Name! RJD