How Great Thou Art!

Perhaps I posted these thoughts before.  I’m not certain about that.  My memory becomes a bit fuzzy at times.  Anyway, it does no harm to repeat them.  After all, truth is truth. 

When I was a very little boy someone told that the sun was much bigger than the earth.  I looked up at that bright little disk in the sky, and my mind could not grasp the truth of that statement.  It seemed to me that if the sun was bigger than the earth it would fill the entire sky.  The problem, you see, was that the whole concept of a solar system was outside the bounds of my limited childhood experience, and at that time I was not able to visualize the earth and the sun as two great spheres in space, both floating in a universe of stars and moons and planets.

Many adults experience the same sort of problem when they try to conceive of God.  Is God real?  How can we visualize Him?  How can we come to know Him?

There are many logical proofs of the reality of God, but in the final analysis, proof of His existence is not demonstrable in the scientific sense.  We cannot put God into a laboratory; and, even if we could, God is far too great for us to wrap out feeble intellects around Him. He is infinite.  He is the creator of the universe.  He has no beginning, He has no ending.  He is, He was, He always will be.  Perhaps C. S. Lewis best described man’s difficulty in conceptualizing God.  He compared man to a sentient (thinking) nail somewhere in the framework of a house that is located on the outskirts of a great city (the universe).  How can that poor nail ever visualize the Master Builder who constructed that vast city?  How can mere man, a created being living in a finite world, conceive of the majesty and grandeur of God? God is above time and space and matter and everything else that we use to anchor our limited understanding of reality.

Knowing our natures and our limitations, God chose to reveal Himself to us through His prophets; and finally, in the fullness of time, He came to us in His Son.  God’s Holy Scriptures are our source for understanding our Creator, and even then, as Saint Paul says, “we see through the glass darkly.”

Oh, God, how great Thou art.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

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