Our Great, Great God

By Scott Armstrong

“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy” (Ps. 33:1-3).

(Read Psalm 33:1-12)

Let’s experience these words of worship together for a few minutes…

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As we start this psalm, we are instructed to make music to God, sing to Him, play instruments, shout for joy, and use every possible form of music to praise our Lord (vv.1-3)!  Why? Let’s count the reasons. We worship Him because this is the God:

Who is Right and True (v.4). He is always fair in his decisions.

Who is Faithful (v.4).  He keeps His promises and can always be trusted.

Who Loves Righteousness and Justice (v.5).  He does what is right and correct and delights when others do the same.

Who’s Love Never Fails (v.6). His love will never run out; he loves every person, every moment, in every situation they are in.

Who is Creator (vv.6, 7, 9). Out of nothing He dreamed the world and spoke it into existence. Out of nothing He created a masterpiece such as you.

Who is AWESOME (v.8). His greatness deserves our praise. In light of His               astonishing grace, the whole world will fall on their knees and worship Him.

Who is in Control (v.10). The nations and rulers and kings of this world are not in charge; He always has the last word.

Who is Constant (v.11). Through the ages of time His promises will never change and His will shall be eternally accomplished.

In the light of these reasons, we can see why the writer sings, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance” (v.12).

How will you praise such an incredible God today?

Our Massive, Incomparable God

By Rev. Rob Prince

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We have no idea how big the Universe is.

The farthest thing we have measured so far with the help of a mighty telescope—actually two telescopes: one in Hawaii and one in outer space—is 13 billion light years away (a light year, by the way, is 5.88 trillion miles). So the farthest thing that we have measured is 5.88 trillion miles times 13 billion. That’s A LOT! 

Somewhere in the middle of this vast universe is a spiral galaxy called the Milky Way—which is made up of hundreds and billions of stars.

One of those stars is our sun—rotating around the center of the Milky Way once every 250 million years.

One of the planets circling our sun is a tiny little ball called planet Earth.

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Our tiny little ball of water and dirt, planet Earth, is only 8,000 miles in diameter and orbiting a tiny star on the outskirts of the Milky Way in this vast, vast universe.

And you and I are just two of the 7.4 billion people on this tiny, tiny planet.

Why the astronomy lesson?

Listen to this:

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

    their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

    let all the people of the world revere him.

For he spoke, and it came to be;

    he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:6, 8-9)

 Let the truth of those words sink in. 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

    their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 

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God didn’t even lift a finger—to create this massive, blowing your mind, huge, vast, incredible universe.

He did it without the use of a “how to make a universe kit.”

He had no diagram.

He had no blueprints.

Speaking, speaking, speaking…and it came into existence. 

God is more massive than our wildest imagination.

BIGGER than the biggest words we have to describe Him.

After an eternity of being God…

He shows no sign of wear and tear.

He has NO dilemmas.

No quandaries.

No counselors.

No shortages.

No rivals.

No fears.

No cracks.

No worries.

He is Self-existent.

Self-contained.

Self-perpetuated.

Self-powered and

Self-aware.

He has no needs.

God does whatever God wants.

His purposes are a sure thing.

There’s no stopping Him.

No cutting him off at the pass.

No short-circuiting His agenda.

God is in control.

God knows everything and everyone.

There is not a bird flying on this tiny little planet or perched on a little, little branch that has escaped his vision.

He could start with Adam and name every man, woman, and child who has ever lived and tell you every tiny detail of their lives.

Nothing is hidden from him.

He wrestles no mysteries.

He doesn’t have to wait for a polygraph test to decipher the truth.

He has no equal.

No peer.

No competition.

He is God almighty! (I wish I had some timpani playing after I said that)

But that’s not the end of the story.

Though we are a mist…

Here today, gone tomorrow…

A tiny little speck of dust on this vast enormous universe…

One of 7.4 billion people on this planet…

God created you.

Think about that.

In his image.

God created you.

And he fashioned us with the ability to know him.

And here’s the good news…

The really, really Good News…He loves you!

HE. LOVES. YOU!

Yeah… you. 

Maybe you just flunked your first test of your college career and He still loves you.

You… who got so angry for no reason at your spouse last night… and he still loves you too.

You… who just let somebody down… yup, he loves you.

You are one of 7.4 billion people on this tiny little planet on the outskirts of the Milky Way.

But God knows you,

knows everything about you,

knows all your deep dark secrets, and he still loves you!

He healed the sick.

He fed the hungry.

He walked on water.

He calmed the storm.

And here’s the deal:

The ONE who can heal the sick,

FEED the HUNGRY,

Walk on water, and

CALM THE STORM,

The one who created this massive 5.88 trillion times 13 billion mile universe…

Knows you.

Loves you.

And can rescue and redeem and refresh and renew and revitalize you!

Does anybody need that today?