God’s Greatness

“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”  Psalm 145:3

It’s hard to comprehend the greatness of God. “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:4-5). “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:25-26). “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:6,9).

But as hard as it is to comprehend the greatness of God, it’s harder still, to fully grasp his goodness and his great love for us. “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” (Psalm 145:8-9). “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10).

Verse three of the hymn, “How Great Thou Art” expresses well the awe God’s great love should inspire: “And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in. That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.”

There is nothing greater than the love of God. Romans 5:8 tell us that the creator of the universe “demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He did this so that we can live eternally. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church