Scripture Reading: Ezra 4:6-5:17 / Revelation 11:1-19 / Psalm 145:1-7
There are only a few people who have had “great” added to the end of their name. One such person was Alexander The Great. After his father, Phillip II was assassinated; He became king of Macedonia at the age of 20. He was an impressive leader who led his armies into unknown lands and was always on point in every battle they fought. By the age of 33, he conquered most of the known world and is recognized as the most successful military commander of all time.
Riches, success, victories or leadership are often how we measure the “greatness” of a man. Inevitably, no matter how great a person may be, there are always manifestations of noticeable faults and weaknesses. For a definition of “Greatness”, we cannot look to man but must look a lot higher to the heavens… to an Almighty God.
David knew the depth of his weakness but also knew the height of God’s greatness! He writes, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Nations have risen to only fall and great men have gained notoriety but eventually succumb to the presence and power of death. Only God is great!
He is a God of wondrous works and mighty acts. He spoke this universe into existence and holds it in perfect balance. His miracles not only fill the pages of His Word, they also accompany our lives from our beginning to our very end. He has overcome death, hell and the grave. One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord!
The manifestations of God’s glory and majesty have left the most holy of men humbled and broken. When Isaiah saw the majesty of The Lord, he was woefully undone. John the Revelator fell to the ground like he was a dead man when he saw the glorified Christ. No man can stand before a holy God who sees into the depth of every mind, heart and spirit.
Man cannot understand His greatness either because His ways are incomprehensible. Paul exclaims, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33) We can never fully understand what He knows, what He does and who He is. God is all-powerful, all knowing and always present.
As a child, my parents showed me how to pray and taught me my very first prayer. I still remember it today, “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for this food. Amen” That very first prayer focused upon the greatness of God. Over the years, I have gained a greater awareness of God’s greatness but have discovered the more I know, the bigger His gets and the smaller I get. It may be a simple mealtime prayer but it’s message is eternal…the greatness of God!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!