The Greatness and Goodness of God
What would happen if the great God is not good? We are all in deep trouble because we do not know what God would do with great power. What would happen if the good God is not great? We would cry and weep with God over all the troubles that our world experience. However, we can sing and praise because our God is great and good:
“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”
We can predict what God would do because He is faithful. We can prophesy what would happen because God loves righteousness and justice. We can study the universe and gain insights because they are all made by God with methodical principle:”For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.”
There is nothing too big for God to handle. There is nobody that God cannot discipline:“He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
When we are with God, we are happy. When we are against God we are anxious. We know by instinct that we are away from our foundation. We feel that something is wrong: “Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all humankind. From where he sits enthroned he watches all the inhabitants of the earth—he who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds. A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.”
We can rest in God as a baby sleeps in the bosom of a mother. We can plant a seed with hope in God even when we do not see the fruits: “Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
We are people of hope, faith, and love. We have all.