Isaiah Describes God's Greatness

Isaiah Describes God's Greatness

We praise you, Lord Jesus, in and for all, for you are our great and wise King, who is fully sovereign, in control and incredibly powerful. You are worthy of worship no matter what.

You, the incomprehensibly powerful Creator, are able to do things that no one else could even think of accomplishing. Your greatness dwarfs all creatures and all of creation. As Isaiah marvels:

Isa 40:12  “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,” [The millions of cubic miles of water found in all the oceans, rivers, lakes and seas are only a few handfuls for you.]

“or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?” [The vast stretches of space, billions of light years across, are easily measured by your equally vast hands. As we cannot even begin to grasp the size of one light year, so we cannot even begin to comprehend the greatness of your being, able to plan, measure and create the length, breadth, height and depth of the universe.]

“Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,” [The earth, in its millions of tons of rock, dirt, lava and minerals, is just a basket full of dust to you. Your strength is so great, so vast, so powerful that to lift the earth is nothing.]

“or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” [The majestic Alps, the rugged Tetons, the vast Himalayans, the elongated Rockies—these are for you just tiny weights, able to be measured on a scale. This is beyond comprehension for human beings, but for you a small act, giving us a glimmer of grasping the greatness of your power, your might, your strength. We are nothing next to you, a collection of a few atoms, dwarfed by the oceans, mountains and stars which were easily created by you, simply by speaking. You are incredibly, incomprehensibly, inscrutably great, O Lord!]

Isa 40:13  “Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?” [We struggle to understand just the things you have created, Lord: the micro world of elements and atoms, quarks and photons; and the macro universe of giant stars, huge galaxies,  and beyond that clusters of galaxies millions of light years across. We cannot even begin to comprehend the wise ways in which you created all these things; how could we ever give you advice? In the face of your greatness it is laughable to even think about helping you.  So Isaiah goes on with his ludicrous questions:]

Isa 40:14  “Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?” [Your wisdom, your understanding, your knowledge is so far beyond anything that man could even dream up. Just think of the incomprehensible concept of the Trinity–never has there been any such inscrutable element in any story man or angel has told. In addition, there is your breathing the stars into existence, determining their number, calling each by name, of your hanging the earth on nothing, setting it and all its surrounding conditions perfectly so that life could flourish, of your creating the multitude of creatures on earth with vast variations on the same theme—100,000 types of beetles, countless varieties of fish, birds and mammals.

You, Lord God are brilliant beyond measure, intelligent beyond comprehension, wise beyond knowing. You are worthy of praise and exaltation, of worship and honor, of love and obedience. To you be glory, strength, thanksgiving and awe today in my life, in my prayers, my plans and perceptions. Amen.]