Sunday Note 21 September 2014: Psalm 104v1-2

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♫♪ “Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee….how great Thou art!” ♫♪

Psalm 104v1-2

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

O LORD my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2. Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

Today I would love to talk about the bigness and the greatness of God. I spoke a little on this last week in my post about pride versus self-esteem. In that post I looked at what is to me probably the most profound passage in the Bible talking about the bigness of God: Isaiah 40.

Today I am considering this second passage in the Psalms, which is another favourite passage of mine.

First the Psalmist tells his soul to bless the LORD (v1). I think that this is important because often we have to remember to consciously look at God, to praise Him. There are so many other things vying for our attention, trying to convince us of their importance. Yet we have to remember to come into God’s presence, to lay everything else aside, to look to Him, to magnify Him.

Then the Psalmist continues: “O LORD my God, You are very great:…” What a profound statement! God is so big, He is so majestic and so glorious! He is not merely “great”, rather He is very great!
“You are clothed with honor and majesty,” Honor and majesty talk about the fact that God is a powerful King, “honor” telling us that He is the One who is worthy of all our worship, “majesty” talking about His Kingliness, His splendour, His royal authority. God does not just “have” honor and majesty like earthly kings. Rather He is clothed with honor and majesty. This is what surrounds Him; it covers Him, it envelopes Him! Because God is big, His clothes must be pretty big too! He is not just God, He is not just the One who sets the rules by which we must live, He is not only the Creator of the world, but He is also a majestic and powerful King!

v2: “Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment”: Not only is God clothed with honor and majesty, but He also covers Himself with light, as with a garment – so it is as if He wears light as well! This light refers to many things, of course. There is the light of holiness, the light of truth, the light which reveals things, and then also the fact that light glows. Once again this speaks of the glory and radiance of God and His kingly majesty. As I write this, it occurs to me that God said “Let there be light!” (And there was light) It is almost as if what we think of light is a physical manifestation of what God Himself is, and always has been. What I am trying to say is that it’s almost as if God invented physical light that we can see with our eyes to help us to understand what He is like; so it is not even that “God is like light” but rather that “light is like God; light is a representation of what He is like”, before He created light He has always been radiant in holiness, radiant in splendour, radiant in majesty, and everything else that has not been of God has been darkness, and by His presence He illuminates the darkness!

“Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain…”Something else that is always guaranteed to wow me is not just the majesty of God, His shining glory but also His size! We know more than the Psalmists did just how immense the universe is. And yet there is such a casualness about this verse: not matter how big the universe is, which has us humans humbled in our minute tininess relative to its incalculable greatness : this same universe, God casually stretches it out, like a curtain! I appreciate that this is a metaphor speaking of the greatness of God, relative to the universe. And this is what it tells us: God is so big! Actually, as I write this, I remember astrophysics lessons from school, talking about how “space-time” is not necessarily straight or linear, but is rather warped – perhaps these distortions in “space-time” are like the folds in the curtain that God hangs out!

But yes, God is big! He is bigger than the entire universe. Even the universe itself is bigger than we could possibly comprehend – and yet He is bigger even than that! I remember a few years ago I posted on my Facebook wall a link about some star that had been spotted into which our own sun could fit over a billion times or something even more mindblowing. When you start talking about the numbers and the magnitude of space, these numbers start getting so big so quickly that it all starts to become meaningless, and whole orders of magnitude start running into one another and becoming one big jumble, at least in my own mind. And even though the universe is so immense, look at the skill and precision that He lavished out when creating earth and life on earth, even to tiny cells, making all animals, plants and human beings utterly unique, even granting uniqueness to snowflakes. Wow! Thinking about it this way, I can’t help but gasp at the tremendous and unspeakably precious wonder that life is, because of the tremendous and awe-inspiring God that created it. I hope that over the course of the coming weeks and months I will remember that, instead of taking my life for granted. It was not, after all, some junior-level, trainee god that created my life. It was the Boss Himself, the CEO of the universe, utterly superlative and incomparable in His craftsmanship. (“Ineffably sublime”, you could say!) What an awesome God we serve! What a loving God we serve! How humbling it is to consider that He made so skillfully and painstakingly with His own hands!

And to think that this same God who is beyond comprehension, who is beyond understanding, wants a relationship with each one of us. He cares about us and loves us, as tiny and as insignificant as we are, relative to Him. He even delights to give us the gift of Himself. As big as He is, He wants to come and dwell in our hearts, and to let His light shine out from all that we are, and all that we do.

What an awesome God we serve! What a privilege it is to be called by His name, into His service, to have a relationship with Him. Lord, how I love You, and how grateful I am for making me Your child. How stupid of me to hold back any part of my life from You. It all belongs to you – it could never be otherwise. It is Yours already, of course, because everything belongs to You. However I consciously and deliberately give it to You. There is absolutely nothing more worthwhile I can do with my life than to spend it praising You and glorifying Your name. Amen!

Bible Verses:
Psalm 104v1-2:

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

O LORD my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2. Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

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