As a kid, I grew up thinking there is absolutely nothing my Dad can’t do. He must be the strongest person on the planet. He can dig giant holes with a shovel, carry lumber, and build things around the property we grew up on. Whenever we wrestled, I knew I wouldn’t win. There was nothing he couldn’t lift, throw, or build I thought. I think for some of us, we grew up and our Dads were these superheroes basically. They didn’t wear capes, but some of us wondered if there really was a cape somewhere underneath their shirt. Now my Dad would tell you that my perception of him may have been a bit skewed or biased. But as his son, that was my view of my Dad. If I was in a situation that was beyond my control (i.e.: getting the car stuck), I wanted my Dad there.
What is your view of our God? If you are a believer, how big is your Heavenly Father? Many of you reading this could be in the midst of a trial or test. It could be a marriage in crisis? Or maybe you’re a parent, and your child or children are rebelling against you or you have a prodigal child? Or maybe work is just caving in, and it is a constant stress in your life? Or you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one?
Or you’re dealing with conflict with friends, or habitual sin, or an addiction that you want to be free from, but keep running back to. Or maybe you’ve gone down a sinful path or pursued things that weren’t of God, and you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at how sin has entangled your life or the muck that sin creates. And you’re not sure where to go from here, or if God really is who He says He is, or if He still loves you.
If any of those situations apply to you, or if the Spirit has stirred up something else in your heart, here is my question, how big is your God? How big is your Heavenly Father? When you get into the spots and seasons of life where you realize that you can’t do this on your own anymore, how big is your God?
In Psalm 19, the writer, David, speaks of God’s greatness, and then lands on how that impacts our lives. This Psalm is an example of starting with God, and who He is, and then what our response should be as a result. I think we get that flipped around in life though. We make God in our image, rather than understanding that we’ve been made in His image. So we see God as just slightly more powerful or wise than we are, rather than seeing Him as infinitely powerful and wise. When we get a Biblical picture of who our God is, then we gain a Biblical perspective on the problem or situation we are facing and the life we are living.
In the first six verses, David is going after the size, majesty, beauty, and greatness of our Father. In verses 7-11, David will speak of how God’s Word is pure and trustworthy. Then in verses 12-14, you’ll read of what our response is to these truths. In short, how a God this great and big is worthy of our words, thoughts, and entire lives being completely devoted to Him. Read Psalm 19 HERE.
I pray this week that whatever you may be facing or experiencing, that you’ll be reminded of how truly great our Heavenly Father is.