God bless you in the most wonderful name of Jesus Christ our living lord and savior.
Yesterday I was communing with my heavenly Father I took some time to thank Him for the awesome privilege of being His son. Then when I began singing the great hymn “How Great Thou Art” I was particularly moved by how it touched my heart. I must have sung it hundreds of times, and it never fails to thrill and humble me as I am awe-struck at the greatness of God and His involvement in my life. Here are the lyrics:
HOW GREAT THOU ART
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
And when I think that God, His son not sparing, Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in.
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration, And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
It reminded me of Romans 11:33.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
I also thought about David delivering his Psalm of praise to Asaph and singing it loudly himself:
I Chronicles 16:7-36: David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving
Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. 8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. 9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. 10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. 12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; 16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; 19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. 20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; 21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, 22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. 24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. 25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. 27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. 28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. 31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth. 32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. 33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth. 34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. 36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.
What a powerful declaration of the greatness of our God. Sometimes, when I behold the greatness of the glory of God in His Word, I feel like a young boy unable to formulate the right words to tell my heavenly Father how much I love and appreciate Him. I wonder if that’s how Jeremiah felt when he said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (Jeremiah 1:6).
The best I can do at times is to fall back upon “Oh!” or “O!” Although a primitive sound that is hardly a word at all and that scarcely admits of a definition, it exclaims my wonder and admiration. How thankful I am for this “O!” Like Carl Boberg who wrote “How Great Thou Art,” when confronted with the awesome greatness of God, my mind sinks into silence, but my heart cries out “O Lord my God!”
There is a difference between knowing God by hearsay and knowing Him by acquaintance. There is a difference between knowing of God and knowing God experientially. The difference is not always easy to articulate, but it is real and serious and vital. I’m glad I never lost the “O!” from my heart. I’m glad my prayer life is more than a listing of requests and the courteous giving of proper thanks. At those times when my prayer is burdened and I find utterance difficult, how thankful I am to be able to pray perfectly, give thanks well, and open my heart to God by praying in the spirit.
Enjoy your day with a thankful heart. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15). We have it — let’s use it! You are God’s best and certainly God blessed.