“Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.”
Psalm 111 v 2
God is great. Possibly this comment wins the prize for the single most obvious statement in the entirety of human history. Of course God is great, he’s God, what else could he be? But far too often we lose sight of the greatness of God, we limit him, we doubt him or we rebel against his greatness.
Open the Bible at a random page and you find on in an account of God’s greatness. Hang on, I’ll show you:
“I [God] have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men of the earth.”
1 Chronicles 17 v 8
This was the first verse on the page. It is a promise that God makes to King David and it is a promise he keeps. We see God’s greatness in the past – he had been with David wherever he went and we see God’s greatness in David’s future – his name was like the names of the greatest men of the earth. It’s interesting as well to note David’s response:
“Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
1 Chronicles 17 v 16
King David’s reaction tells us much about what our reaction should be – complete and absolute humility. David didn’t say: “Cheers God, I totally deserved it though.”, he didn’t say: “Thanks pal! Nice to know you’ve got my back.” Instead he expresses his astonishment that God should care for him. The answer to David’s question is obvious – he is no one, nothing, dust before the wind but God choose him out of his good will and pleasure, out of his greatness.
Hmm, that worked quite well. Let’s try again:
“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. (One day) the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
Acts 19 v 13 – 20
Well, that example pretty much speaks for itself about the all surpassing greatness of God. I could go on but my point is clear – God’s greatness is seen throughout history. It is proclaimed throughout the Bible and should be a source of great encouragement and thanksgiving for us.
If you read the Psalms you soon realize how important is to recognize God’s greatness.
“Let the name of the LORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?”
Psalm 113 v 2 – 6
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
2 Why do the nations say,
"Where is their God?"
3 Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold,
made by the hands of men.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot see;”
Psalm 115 v 1 – 5
God’s greatness is praised in his act of creation, love, judgment, mercy, righteousness, holiness, majesty, strength and so much more. God is great, he cannot not be great, he is by definition great. As the shortest Psalm says:
“Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD.”
It is our duty, as God’s creation, to praise God for his greatness. We all, Christian or non-Christian have to worship him for God is great.
“You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
Psalm 118 v 28 – 29
I could literally keep this up for as long as it would take me to quote the whole of the Bible.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills--
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 behold, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”
Psalm 121 v 1 – 4
God is great. And his greatness isn’t just confined to biblical history. The great God of King David is the same great God of today. Our help still comes from the Lord, he is still Maker of Heaven and earth, his love still endures forever, he is still exalted over all the nations and his works are still great.
How swiftly our troubles, worries and concerns should fade away, how soon should we be to pray, how comforted should we be for we know that God is great. What can stand against God’s greatness? Are nuclear weapons a match for it? Is man’s evil a match for it? Can anyone stand against it?
I think not. God is great. Praise the Lord.
Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
done in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.