HOW GREAT THOU ART Andy Hollifield 8-27-17
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Deuteronomy 10:21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
2 Samuel 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
I was scrolling through Facebook Friday night and came across a rather moving video of Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood performing How Great Thou Art back in 2011 at some country awards ceremony. Vince was singing the high harmony for her and she was doing the lead vocals. You talk about a moving performance, wow! She even received a standing ovation before she finished singing the song. If you have ever been born again and accepted Christ as your personal Savior you have got to get stirred when you hear it and you just can’t help it. When you stop and think about the greatness of our God, and how many times that he has worked the impossible in your life. There is no denying how great our God is. I have always believed that you have to look no further than creation to find the greatness of God. I learned as a child that money isn’t everything and that lesson became abundantly clear as I got older. If you just look around at the trees for example. Such design both of leaves and branches are incredible and their ability to adapt to changing weather is remarkable. One thing I always tell my wife is that there is no way that all of that beauty could possibly have come from an explosion. Explosion, by definition, is a violent expansion or bursting with noise and it always produces destruction.
As I began to think about how great God really is, I looked up the word “greatness” in the concordance and the dictionary. Some of the dictionary definitions were really good. The first one is unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc… (2) wonderful, first-rate or very good. (3) being such in an extreme or notable degree. (4) notable, remarkable, exceptionally outstanding (5) Important; highly significant or consequential. That sounds like a real feller that all of us would like to know. The good news is that we can. The first time the word “greatness” is used is in Exodus 15:7 “And in the greatness of thine excellency…” Exodus 15:16 talks about the greatness of his arm. Numbers 14:19 speaks of the greatness of his mercy. In 1st Chronicles 17:21 it speaks of the greatness of his name. In 2 Chronicles 9:6 the writer talks about the greatness of his wisdom. Psalms 66:3 talks about the greatness of his power. Psalms 145:3 says his greatness is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:26 speaks of the greatness of his might. The word “greatness” is used 32 times and only once in the New Testament.
John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. In Hebrews 6:13 the bible says, “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself.” Hebrews 9:11 says, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;” In 1st John 3:20 it says “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” On over in 1 John 4:4 the bible says “Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” The word “greater” is used 72 times in the bible.
With all of these scriptures that speak of the greatness of God and how much greater he is than anything else, why do we have so much trouble putting our trust in our Lord. You would think that with all of these glowing recommendations, we would be far more anxious to put complete trust in the Lord. After all, if there is none greater, than why do we grow weak in faith if we truly know that God will meet all of our needs?
We all get weak or even discouraged by the cares of this life sometimes. But remember in those times that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”. Satan has already been defeated and cannot trouble you beyond what God will allow. Remember this also when those times come: God’s grace is still sufficient. He said in Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. No one else can make that promise and keep it. In Deuteronomy 31:6 Moses told the Israelites, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Again in verse 8 he tells them, “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” And in Joshua 1:5, the Lord had previously assigned Joshua to take over the leadership role upon Moses departure to the mountain and encouraged him with these words: “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Romans 2:11 says this, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” He did not do anything for Joshua that he isn’t willing to do for you and I.
I hope these scriptures and thoughts have helped you realize: “My God, how great thou art.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!