September 16: My Great God Cares For Me
The title of this anthem, “My Great God Cares for Me,” is a nugget of two profound truths which sum up what David expressed in Psalm 8. In this Psalm, David looks at the vastness of the glory of God extending to the limitless universe, the wonder displayed in the macrocosm of the starry host, to the microcosm of His creation on earth. And given all this, David marvels that God is mindful of man at all.
What is still more amazing is this great God wants to be in relationship with each of us as individuals. That this limitless, all-powerful Creator cares for you and me is something that should regularly stir us. If we’ve begun to take it for granted, it is time to renew our awe by contemplating this amazing truth.
The book of Job is one that I honestly do not relish when it turns up annually in my One Year Bible. It isn’t the suffering part where I struggle; it is in the middle where I’m trying to weed out what is wrong with all the righteous babble of Job’s friends. But the part that I do truly look forward to is found in chapters 38-42, where God puts it all in perspective for them and for us—just how far above our understanding and power He is. It is impossible to be spiritually confronted with these words and not worship. Then add to this glimpse of the greatness of God the fact that God knows personally and delights in this man, Job, and we have a snapshot of His personal love for us.
Another great example of this is found in Isaiah 40. If you look, beginning at verse 12, you will see a declaration of our awesome God, including:
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? . . . Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? . . . Do you not know? Have you not heard? . . . He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in . . . “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 40:12-14, 21-22, 25-26
I indulged in such lengthy excerpts to give you a taste of what these passages say about our great God. But whether it is David or the writer of Job or Isaiah, they also quite clearly declare that this great God cares for us. If you will flip to Isaiah 40, you will see that on either side of the verses I quoted are bookends of proclamation of His tenderness and compassion for His people and His personal involvement in our lives.
See how His heart for us is revealed: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem . . . He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:1-2, 11). Our God does not allow His greatness to make Him at all remote from us.
Verses 6-7 show that He understands that we are frail and fleeting, yet the contrast between our transitory nature and transcendence does not keep Him from tending us like shepherd, gathering us gently into His arms, and carrying us close to His heart. How much clearer could He make it? Our great God cares for us—tenderly, personally, intimately.
This truth is never as important as when we are going through hardship. Satan would like you to think that either God is indifferent to your suffering during those times or that He is so angry at you that He has sent the trial to give you what you deserve. But Scripture plainly shows that God does not take any pleasure in the suffering of His people. Even when we have sinned and are enduring the consequences of sin, God’s example with Israel gives us an example of His ways with us when we are under His discipline: when they wandered in the desert for 40 years after their rebellion, He provided for them, protected them, and His presence never left them. Our great God is mighty enough to protect and provide, and caring enough to never abandon.
As David said in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me . . .” No matter what the challenge we face, there is no greater comfort that this: My great God cares for me.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries