Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
All throughout history there have been men and woman who were considered great for one reason or another. Thomas Edison was a great inventor; Madame Curie, a great scientist; Michael Jordan, a great basketball player. Those who grew up in the 30’s and 40’s are said to be of the Greatest Generation. And I can’t forget - Al and Martha Thuente are great parents (I ought to know – they’re mine)!
Usually what makes a person great is his or her accomplishments or reputation of doing good things. But a person’s deeds and goodness have a limit. No matter how great someone is, he can only know so much, can do so much, can give so much, because his wisdom, ability and resources are finite. Greatness can only be so great.
When we think of God, his greatness is limitless. Even the greatest of men could not have created the world we live in. After all, how is it possible for man create anything if he himself had not yet been created? Only God could create our world! King Solomon, the wisest man of all time, was not wise by his own doing. His wisdom was granted as an answer to his prayer to our all-knowing God! When Jesus told his disciples to take a poor boy’s lunch of bread and fish and feed thousands of hungry men, women and children, everybody present learned that you can’t out-give God! And God’s great unfailing love for our less-than-great selves is such that he would rather come to earth in the form of one of us (Jesus) and die as punishment for our sins for us, than to spend eternity without us.
The accolades for the great things men and women do will eventually fade, whereas God’s glory never will. God deserves all of our praise now, and forevermore!
God, your power, knowledge and love are greater than we can begin to imagine. We thank you for sending Jesus to come and die for our sins so that we never have to be separated from your love. By far, this is the greatest gift we could ever receive from you! Let us be people of praise, and tell of your greatness today and every day! Amen.
What makes somebody great? What great thing God has done in your life? Who can you tell today about God’s greatness? Blessings, Mary J