Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1 NIV)
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4 NIV)
What is God like? How do you picture him? I find it easy to fall into the trap of picturing him somewhat like myself, only bigger and better. But in reality, he is nothing like me. He is far beyond anything we can imagine. And so, because of that, we end up describing him in human terms; it is all we can understand. But we should always be aware that he is much more than that.
God is self-existent; he is eternal, without beginning or end; he is infinite, without limits to his power, knowledge, or presence; the creator and sustainer of the universe; not a part of the creation, yet working within it. God is unimaginably greater than I can comprehend.
And yet, God knows and cares for us as humans. What a wonder that is. The infinite God cares about finite humans. He cares about me. My mind can hardly fathom that.
“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers . . . what is mankind that you are mindful of them?“
This article was first published on December 3, 2018