How Great Is Our God - 9/9/18

Psalms 104 / Isaiah 40

In an interview with Chris Tomlin, about writing this song. Said Tomlin: "I wrote that song when I was living in Austin, Texas. I remember sitting on my sofa in my little apartment. And Psalm 104 was the psalm I was looking at. It said, 'You our Lord are very great. You're clothed with splendor and majesty, wrap yourself with light as with a garment' – through those opening verses and just describing a little bit of God, the glory of majesty, that little chorus came out.

How Great is Our God- It's not a question, it's a statement. I probably should add an exclamation point: How Great is Our God! There are many places in the Bible, (Psalms 104 & Isaiah 40) which give us a glimpse into God's greatness.

  • He is strong as iron and tender as a shepherd (Isaiah 40:10-11).
    • 10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power, He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
       11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
  • Adjectives like enormous and wise fall so short when we consider His creation and counsel (12-13).
    • 12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?

            13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to      give him advice or teach him?

  • Not only that, but God invests His power into us, His people (29).
    • 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless..

God is awesome!

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty,

Let all the earth rejoice.

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide,

And trembles at His voice.

Name above all names, Worthy of our praise.

My heart will sing - How great is our God!

- Chris Tomlin

God’s Greatness is Unsearchable

  • The Bible says that God's greatness is too wonderful for man's heart. It is so awesome that it is really still a secret hidden from our minds
    • Ps. 139:6 - Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
    • Ps 145:3 - Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.
  • Indeed, it is beyond knowing. His greatness is incomprehensible by our finite minds. Even when we think we've turned the corner of our understanding, we should realize that we haven't even come close to being in the same state - much less the same street - of God's unsearchable awesomeness.

 

  • God is limitless in All He Knows. We call this omniscience. There is nothing that He doesn't already know. He's never needed counsel or lacked for wisdom. No one has ever been able to say they gave advice to God
    • Isa. 40:13 - Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?  
  • He knows the answer to every question we ask;
    • He even knows the questions we will ask before we ask them. Really, God is so great that He knows the questions we should have asked when we didn't ask anything. We often ask, "Why?" God knows. He understands even when we don't. When we can't see the end and we fill with doubts and fears, God invites us to trust Him
      • Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
  • God is measureless in All He Does. We call this omnipotence. There is nothing that God cannot do.
    • He's not limited in his ability in any aspect. He has no Achilles heel.
    • He's never felt threatened (Ps. 2:1-4).
    • God's never gotten any better because He's always been as good as He can get.
    • We don't always understand His ways (Rom. 11:33), but we can be assured that He is still trustworthy.
  • God is ceaseless in All He Is. We call this omnipresence. God is God everywhere at all times.
    • He is 100% present here and there, and He's not spread too thin.
    • He's never taken a day off from being God - never needed one!
    • He doesn't have to stop listening to my prayers in order to help you with yours. He multitasks and loses no productivity.
    • He's never changed because He needs no change (unlike the rest of us).

God’s Greatness is Untouchable

  • God is awesome because He is sinless (holy) and endless (eternal). Stuff in this world exists according to a timeline. Things we buy new come with warranties because even the manufacturers know they will eventually wear out, deteriorate, fall apart, and break down. But not God! He is without the element of corruption: He is without sin. He will never tire, never faint, never falter, never fail. Things of this earth have an expiration date, they go bad, they rot, rust, and need renewed. But not God! He is eternal. He never had a beginning and will never see an end. He is entirely incorruptible and untouchable.
    • Ps. 102:11-12- My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. 12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. He is entirely incorruptible and untouchable.

God’s Greatness is Unmatchable

God is great, his position is peerless and his power is priceless.

  • Ask yourself: “Who but God?”
    • Who but God could beautifully design this creation?
    • Who but God could spread out the enormity of space (Ps. 19; 139)?
    • Who but God could set in motion the events of your life?
      • Rom. 8:28-29 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
    • Who but God would love sinners so much to send His only Son
      • John 1:12 - 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
    • Who but God is beyond our limits, our measure, our understanding in every way
      • Isa. 40:28 - Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
    • Who but God would use His ultimate and absolute power for the good of His people and not for His own greedy gain
      • Isa. 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
    • Who but God?

Responding to God’s Greatness (Isaiah 40-41)

  • Trust Him. We all get tired, scared, and overwhelmed; but there is hope for you. When you feel like giving up, just give in. Don't quit trying, just quit trying so hard. Waiting on the Lord is one of the hardest things a person can do - yet it is clearly one of the most profitable. Wait on the Lord, on His timing, on His strength, on His hand to hold you up. Like Honi the Circle-maker, just boldly wait on the Lord.
  • Praise Him. Even before the blessing comes, lift up your praise to Him. You might not have what you think you need - the thing that only God can deliver. But God is still good. He is still great. Praise Him because He is unsearchable, untouchable, and unmatchable. Praise Him for His power, His love, His holiness. Praise Him today. Praise Him right now.