The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 8, 2012

Are you moved by His greatness?

By Ruth Ann Replogle, Columnist
Enid News and Eagle

— “The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty/Let all the earth rejoice/All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide/And trembles at His voice, Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me/How great is our God, and all will see/How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands/And time is in His hands/Beginning and the end/Beginning and the end.”

Written by Texan singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin in 2004, “How Great Is Our God” is the most popular worship song today.

As I was driving home one day this week, I kept thinking about the greatness of our God.

It is easy to get bogged down in our own views (especially in light of the recent presidential and other political elections). But I’m reminded that we are to have our eyes focused on kingdom vision rather than trained on earthly sights.

How great is our God? He has stood firm through the ages and He remains in control. Nothing surprises Him and nothing escapes Him. His plans unfold accordingly and He works everything together in perfect orchestrated harmony.

David declared in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

The prophet Isaiah noted in chapter 40, no one compares to God. He has no equal, as He is the Creator of the earth. And yet, He knows each of us by name and is strong but gentle when it comes to you and me.

God is great because He sees you and me in our sin and still loves us. He wants the best for us, so He sent His Son as a sacrifice, to give us a chance to become right with Him (John 3:16). He thinks you and I are important and He desires to fellowship with us.

James MacDonald, a senior pastor at a Chicago church, wrote a book called “Gripped by the Greatness of God.” One of the tag lines for the book, which studies the characteristics of God as found in Isaiah: “God is not safe and He will not be squeezed into some neat, respectable Sunday discussion ... No. To know God at all is to watch Him explode any box we put Him in with His terror, majesty and indescribable wonder.”

Do you still marvel at His wonders? Stand in awe for the King? Remain gripped by His greatness?

“The Godhead Three in One/Father Spirit Son/The Lion and the Lamb/The Lion and the Lamb

“Name above all names/Worthy of our praise/My heart will sing/How great is our God

“How great is our God, sing with me/How great is our God, and all will see/How great, how great is our God.”

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