Today’s Scripture: The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! Psalm 113:4-6

Scripture tells us over and over about the greatness of God. A quick flip through Psalms will illustrate His power, majesty, goodness, mercy, and worthiness to be praised. Some examples are:

  • Psalm 8:1 – O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
  • Psalm 48:1 – Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
  • Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
  • Psalm 95:3 – For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
  • Psalm 104:1 – Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

No words could correctly define God. He is so much higher than we are that He has to bring Himself down to see and hear us. He doesn’t need to pay attention to us any more than we would pay attention to a slug on the sidewalk. We are not His friends with whom He shares a deep bond, but rather, our sinful nature makes us His enemies. But He loves us so much that He willingly humbles Himself to hear our cries. However, He didn’t stop with humbling Himself to look upon us and pity us in our sinful condition, He humbled Himself so far as to become man to die in our place so that we could be with Him.

Shouldn’t that make us want to praise Him even more? “Our God is great, and greatly to be praised,” (Psalm 96:4) but because He died for us, we can also say, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12) His death on the cross for our sins shows that not only is our God great, but He is also love.

God could have killed us like some of us have done to a slug we found. He could have ignored us and let us live our own lives until we died separated from Him for eternity. Instead, He “humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

God deserves our praise – both for who He is and what He has done. Let the world hear His praises today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.