All week we have looked at how great God is; greater than anything we can imagine. We have seen his preeminence especially in comparison to the biggest thing we know, the universe. Not only does Scripture tell us he existed before it and that he created it effortlessly, it also informs us of the amazing fact that he fills it!
Today we conclude this comparison with another stupendous fact. It is recorded in Psalm 147:4-5:
“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”
Scientists estimate there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion trillion) stars in the observable universe! According to Scripture, however, God doesn’t have to estimate their number. He knows it! Even more than that, “he calleth them all by their names”.
It’s no wonder our verse states: “his understanding is infinite”.
Not only does God know how many stars there are, he knows how many hairs are on your head. Jesus told his disciples,
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Matthew 10:29-30
All week we have seen that, even though God is so much greater than us and entirely different from us, he is still deeply concerned about each of us.
He is so concerned that he made a plan of salvation where he does all the work.
In his great love, he sent Jesus to do everything for all people. In his great love, Jesus kept the commandments and washed away the sins for all people. In his great love, the Holy Spirit tirelessly works to open people’s eyes to these great truths. God is not only great in power and wisdom, he is also great in love. The apostle John put it simply:
“God is love.”1 John 4:16
Friends, we have a stupendous God.
Praise him by acknowledging that he is far beyond your understanding. Praise him by humbly trusting that he saved you without any contribution by you. Praise him by being confident you will live eternally with him solely because of what Jesus has done for us.
This is the praise he deserves. This is the praise he desires.
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