Oh Lord my God – when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I see the stars. I hear the rolling thunder.
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation and take me home,
what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow, in humble adoration.
And there proclaim my God how great Thou art!
By Stuart Kline from Psalm 86:9
How great Thou art! Our God is a great and mighty God. How often we may forget, until looking at His matchless and awe inspiring creation. In the beginning He simply uttered words – and created all that we see and are mystified by. All things have been created by Him and through Him. In what ways is our God – the only God – great? We can say all day that our God is great – but what makes Him so? Let us look at two ways that God – our loving and merciful God – is great, far exceeding all others.
First, our God is great by His creation. He did not build with physical brawn, this world we live in. He simply spoke it into existence. Genesis clearly states that God said, “Let there be light,” and, “Let there be firmament,” and, “Let the earth bring forth grass, herb and fruit trees.” (Gen. 1:3,6,11) In other words, God simply spoke what He wanted – and it was done, perfectly. No mistakes, no hitches, and no ‘do-overs’; only perfection each time. Perfection was accomplished the first time. This is because Perfection created perfection! He is the Perfect and Flawless God. He is perfect in ways that we are without ability to understand or comprehend. All that we see in life – is perfect, and was created by the Word of God! Incredible! Amazing! How Great Thou Art!
Second, our God is great and truly unsurpassed in His love. As incredible and unbelievable as His creation is – He love is deeper, more powerful and more awe-inspiring by far. Many great objects have been created and feats accomplished by man. We are awe-struck by some of them today. None of these come near to matching God’s creation. Even still – God’s love for His people tops all lists of greatness. John wrote that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to die on a cross as a sin offering (John 3:16). He did not give His Son to die for mostly good people or nice people or upright people. He sent His Son to die for all of mankind. Even those who would not accept His gift of salvation and live faithfully in appreciation for the gift of salvation, are still offered God’s deep mercy and grace.
Love is not simply doing great things for nice and loveable people. True love is doing great things for all men. Paul wrote that there is no greater love than a man laying his life down for others (Rom. 5:8). Even if the others are mean, unlikable, hard-hearted people, Jesus laid His life down for ALL people. We serve a great and mighty God. It is true that He is so because of His indescribable creation. It is truly beautiful and beyond comprehension. And yet, even greater than His incomprehensible creation is His love for His creation (man) and the expression of the love in Jesus Christ.