Monday, May 24, 2010

The greatness of God!

There is only One God and He alone is worthy, He alone is great.  Why?  Well, for one; because all other things, beings, and creations are completely and totally dependent on Him for all things.  Dependent on His goodness and His strength.

A comparison should never be made between God and any other creature.  You need to affirm that God, as the infinite and self-existent Creator, He is infinitely above His finite creation.

Psalm 95:3-5 (NASB) - For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods,  4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also.  5 The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.

God is a great God and a great King.  God proves the infinite greatness of His might and the pre-eminence of His Kingship in that He is the Creator of the whole universe.  It is mentioned in this Psalm that God reigns over all the earth.  His influence is exerted over the highest mountains and the depths of the sea.

This came at a time when people believed that their gods (little g) dwelled on mountain tops and that the underworld was below the waters.  This Psalm deliberately destroys this belief.  God’s power knows no limitations – this is the unshakable foundation of His Salvation for man and the cause for all praise, honor, and glory.

Daniel 9:4-5 (NASB) - I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,  5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.

The Lord is Great and Awesome!  The word awesome comes from the Hebrew word yare’ (yaw-ray) which means ‘to fear, revere, or be afraid’.  Even the tiniest revelation of God’s greatness and holiness would strike even the most splendid of His creatures with astonishment, reverence, and even terror.  God is awesome, and therefore He is worthy of the greatest reverence.

Psalm 104:1 (NASB) - Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

The Lord is very Great; He is clothed with Splendor and Majesty.  His splendor and majesty are not something external that He puts on, but are a part of His very being.  Unlike men, God has no need to add something to Himself to enhance the greatness of His beauty.  God is so much greater than any other thing that to add anything to Him would be to diminish Him.

The Psalmist expresses wonder at the greatness and glory of God.  It sums up that whole Psalm.  Here a man sees himself standing before God, to whom he confesses in this prayer the thoughts that fill his soul.  What he sees around him, what he perceives in nature is what he knows about his own origins tell him of the One Mighty God.

Psalm 145:3 (NASB) - Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.

His greatness is unsearchable.  The word refers to that which is beyond investigation.  A thing that cannot be searched out or measured.  It would be far easier to count the sand on all the shores and deserts of the world, or to number all the stars in space than to measure the greatness of God.

The theme of the whole Psalm is that the everlasting praise of the name of God, who has revealed Himself in all His majesty and unsearchable qualities.

Psalm 77:13 (NASB) - Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?

God is Holy – unlike all others!

Asaph, the writer of this Psalm, made a conscious decision to turn from his pain and focus his thoughts on the person, works, and wonders of God.  God cannot be compared to any other god or power.  This wondrous God demonstrated His power in a variety of ways, but especially in the redemption of Israel from the bondage of Egypt.

Psalm 86:10 (NASB) - For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.

God is great and does wondrous deeds.  He alone is God.

Worship of God is not rooted in our personal circumstances or experiences.  It is founded on His incomparable nature!  We worship Him for who He is!  Not what we want Him to be.  God is incomparably superior to all other gods and He is greater on account of His wondrous deeds.  The only One to whom the name of God can even be applied! 

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