Devotional: ‘How Great Is Our God!’


A song our church loves to sing is entitled, “How Great Is Our God”. Whenever we sing it, we use PowerPoint; therefore, there are few punctuation marks included in the song. That being the case, I suppose you could consider the title to be either a question or an exclamation. ‘How great is our God?’ or ‘How great is our God!’

If you are familiar with the song, you know that it is an exclamation. HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD! Actually, that’s the only way we as humans we can legitimately use such a statement. Scripture teaches us that God is greater than any of us can comprehend.

“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)

One of my great fascinations in life is the universe. A few moments of gazing up into a starry sky and I am immediately blown away. On the average night it is estimated that we are able to see thousands and thousands of stars. Yet although such a sky might seem massive to us, scientists tell us that we are only viewing a micro-spec of the universe’s entirety. It is estimated that there are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe that are as great or even greater than ours, and each galaxy contains at least 100 billion stars!

Such a number is mind-boggling to us. Some scientists believe that there are more stars in the universe than all the grains of sand on all the seashores in the entire world!

I have often wondered why God would create a universe so large that only He can fathom it. Perhaps one reason is to express to us His greatness.

The Bible teaches us that to God the universe is nothing more than a simple command from His mouth. The Bible says, “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night…’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:14-15)

But another reason for the magnitude of the universe is to express to us His concern for even the smallest of details. The Bible also says – “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.” Who cares if a star on the other side of the universe turns up missing? God does. He knows exactly how many stars there are and He calls each and every one of them by name.

God’s command and concern are both beyond our comprehension. According to the Bible, God keeps a running list of the number of stars in the sky as well as the number of hairs on our head. There is not one single detail of God’s creation with which He does not maintain intimate knowledge and involvement. Not one detail. How great is our God? He is great enough to be beyond our comprehension, and great enough to constantly be by our side. No wonder Chris Tomlin wrote, “How Great Is Our God!”

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