Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | June 7, 2011

How great?

Psalm 40:16 “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!'”

One evening when my husband returned home from work, my son, who was six at the time, asked, “How was your day Dad?”

“Great”, my husband responded, with little enthusiasm in his voice.

My little son caught the tone of his father’s voice instantly, and quickly asked his dad, “What kind of great…good great? Or bad great?”

We got a delightful laugh out of my son’s question that night. It was a strong reminder of how a word can be used to imply the opposite of what it was originally intended to mean. Our perceptive son heard the sarcasm in my husband’s voice, and he knew that it had not really been a fun day at the office for his dad.

It is easy to forget the power of words when we worship our Lord. God is praised for being great many times in the bible, and yet how often do we stop and remember that He is truly GREAT? How many times have we heard someone sing about how great our God is, and yet we don’t really stop to think about what it means?

Our Lord is powerful, forgiving, filled with love for you, stronger than death, larger than we can comprehend, and so much more. He is more than we can even imagine, and yet in His incredible greatness, He has a tender and personal love for all of us. He created us in His image, loves us with deep passion, and wants us to be with Him forever. Now we are really talking about using the word great to mean what it should.

Great is my Lord. Great is His love for me. Great is His love for you. Great is His desire for you and I to love Him back.

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