Over the last several days, we have focused on the important characteristic of humility. Humility is vital to our prayer lives. The best way to ensure our humility is to continually be mindful of how great God is. When we were children, one of the first prayers we learned started with these words: “God is great, God is good.” While this is considered a children’s prayer, these two statements are great theological truths that we need to remember for all of our lives. This morning, let’s focus our thoughts and our prayers on the greatness of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the word of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2
Avery Willis gives us a picture that I want to share with you this morning and I pray it leads you to a place of amazement and worship.
“Step on a rocket with me and catch a glimpse of the greatness of God. We shall travel at the speed of light, 186,282 miles per second. As we blast off, our seats afford us a clear view of earth. One second later earth has dropped away until it appears no larger than a huge balloon. In two seconds we have shot past the moon and stolen a glance at the now-famous moon shot of earth. Eight and one-half minute later we pass the sun. Earth appears to be a speck 93 million miles away in the darkness of space. Five hours later we leave our solar system and can no longer distinguish earth from myriads of other planets and stars. After four years of travel at the speed of light, we zip by the nearest star, Alpha Centauri. For almost 100,000 years we travel across the Milky Way, our own galaxy. After that, we travel another 1,500,000 years before we reach the Great Nebula, most distant of the six other galaxies in what astronomers call the Local Group. . . . In the great vastness of space we must travel at least 4,500 million years at the speed of light before we begin to reach the area of the universe that cannot be seen with telescopes from our planet. And who know how much lies beyond? Yet Isaiah says God “hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span. He measures space by the width of His hand.”
Wow. Truly, God is great.