Great Is the Lord Almighty
A.W. Tozer famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” This is because how we view God is going to determine how we live our lives. It’s not just what we say we believe, because Neil Anderson says that we can act contrary to what we say, but we will never act contrary to what we truly believe. If we want to know what we really believe, we need to examine what we live out day to day, because that clearly shows what our core beliefs are.
If we really believe God is holy, do we live our lives seeking to be holy, as well? Do we grieve over our sin? If we trust that God is near and wants to fellowship with us, how will that affect the time we spend in His presence? If we honestly believe there is a Day coming when we all will give an answer for our lives, are we living for that Day? If we truly consider that God is indeed mighty, how does that affect our prayer lives? Our faith? Our courage? Our witness? It is well for us to take inventory of what we say we believe and see if our lives reflect those pronouncements.
If we find ourselves lacking (and who of us has total integrity between what we profess and the way we walk?), the remedy for this conflict between talk and walk is to bathe our minds and hearts with the truth about who God is. This isn’t a quick shower, or what we used to call “bird bathing it.” This is a long soak of mind and heart on how God reveals Himself in the Scriptures. We need to dwell on the truths, meditate on them, and consistently remind ourselves of who He really is. When Jesus says to eat of Him, what He is saying is that we need to take Him into ourselves and allow Him to nourish us. That is the kind of spiritual and mental nourishment necessary to move our understanding of who God is from the realm of the mere profession of a concept, to a deep, heart-felt, life-altering belief.
The Scriptures are abounding with such God-exalting, life-transforming passages. One such passage can be found in Psalm 89:5-23. This psalm is full of praises, replete with the theme of how God’s love and faithfulness go together, and of many reasons for us to see Him as Great!
He is so great it is not just His people who praise Him, but those in the heavens themselves. The councils of heaven resound with His glory because “Who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround Him.” These rhetorical questions and declarations are reminders that there is no being in Heaven or on earth to be compared with our Great God. If we believe that with all our souls, what does that do to our praises? To our worship? To our faith?
The psalmist again emphasizes God’s uniqueness, “Who is like You, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and Your faithfulness surrounds You.” The statement, “who is like You,” is about more than just uniqueness, however; it is about His holiness. When we think of holiness we often think of purity, and that is certainly part of it, but what holiness also means is to be set apart. God’s set-apartness means that He is so far above us, so vastly different than all He has created, that He is in a class by Himself. This is our Great God! This is why He is so worthy of our worship. There is no one like Him!
This verse also speaks to God’s faithfulness which, as I mentioned earlier, is part of the theme of this psalm. We often sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” but what does that mean to us? How has God proven Himself to be faithful in our lives? How has He shown His great faithfulness throughout His dealings with man? What does His faithfulness to keep His promises mean to how we see Him, pray to Him, and live out our faith? Do we really, to the depth of our beings, believe He is faithful? How are we showing by our lives that we do trust in the greatness of His faithfulness?
How great is our God? Some of the things this psalm tells us are:
• He rules over the surging sea, stilling them when they arise. Has He done that in your life? Do you trust Him to do so in the future?
• The heavens are His and He founded the world and all that is in it. If He has that much great power and wisdom, are you trusting Him to be wise and powerful in your own life? How are you showing you trust in His might and wisdom?
• Righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne. If we believe these are part of His greatness, are we seeking righteousness? Are we pursuing justice—not just for ourselves, but for those who are powerless?
This psalm promises blessings for those of us who have “learned” to acclaim Him and His greatness. We learn this by doing as was suggested earlier: soaking in the truth of who He is. The psalmist calls it, “Walking in the light of His presence.” That means there’s more to it than just understanding with our minds what the scriptures say; His indwelling Spirit enlightens us in our hearts as we seek the face and presence of our Great God. Such people rejoice in His name all day long and celebrate. When we truly believe in and experience His greatness, our praises will joyfully overflow naturally. What a wonderful outcome in a life that will be marked with integrity of both walk and talk!