Need A Reminder Of God’s Greatness Today? Look No Further!

God is great! It is good for us to reflect on this often in our lives and especially in our own times. Psalm 89 gives us a crescendoing sense of awe in the presence of God’s greatness. The psalm begins with a testament to God’s love and mercy. It is an expression of the psalmist’s faith, which is clearly charged with a profound experience of God, and his own humble recognition of who he is in relationship to God.

That greatness is twofold. First, it is in the fact that he is the Creator. Nothing exists without him. He gives all things their being and keeps them always in his mind. This understanding, indeed, this awareness, is a gift of faith. Not all are blessed with this awareness. As Christian believers, we have been blessed with this insight, and this experience, and we are charged by Christ to bring this awareness to the world. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Secondly, God’s greatness is not that of a distant being. Rather, it is a greatness so powerful that nothing can conquer it, or deter it, or deny it. What is that power? It is the power of love. Creation was an act of a limitless love. This love is so great that it could let go of divinity, become like us, a human being, subject to suffering and even death, in order to free all of us from the finite powers of sin and death once and for all. And, so unlimited is this love, it remains with us even now, in his Holy Spirit, guiding us, supporting us, increasing our faith, and strengthening us in our daily missions as disciples.

“Love conquers all.” This is the greatness of God. Since God is love; and since Jesus commanded us to love one another as he loved us, therefore, it is our Christian duty to, ‘Love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] strength and with all our mind; and [to] love our neighbor as [ourselves]. (Luke 10:27) This wisdom is as old as the Chosen People themselves. It is the “Shema,” the central credal statement of Judaism, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4ff) When we begin to live our lives in this manner, it will be said of us, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence.”

Lord, it is our greatest desire to humbly acclaim you to all we meet. We wish to grow more aware of the power of your love, so that we may serve others in and through that same love. For it is our deepest desire to walk in the light of your presence every day of our lives. You are great, beyond our understanding of it, yet you have revealed your intimate and personal love for us in Jesus. We are overwhelmed by joy in this awareness. Help us to sing our love for you in return through the actions of our lives. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.