Summary: Psalms' description of God
What is God Like? Psalm 8+ September 18, 2016
Turn with me this morning to Psalm 8. We’re going to be looking at a number of scriptures this morning, and if you had difficulty keeping up, just look at the screen. We’ll have most of the scriptures up there.
There is an old poem some of you may have heard about the blind men and the elephant. It goes like this: Read poem
What is that poem trying to state? That many times we look at God through our personal perspective and we miss a lot of the other perspectives of God. Now let me clearly state - I am not saying that there are other ways to heaven or other ways of salvation. Scripture is very clear about that - Acts 4:12 - Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” But the point I want to start out with today is that we can’t put God in a box. Instead of coming to the scriptures to prove what we believe to be true about God, we want to come to the scripture and see what God says about Himself. Because the scriptures are the record of God revealing Himself to man.
And the answer of what is true is not what WE believe, but is what GOD says. And the first thing we see to be true of God is that
1. God is GREAT - God is so far beyond our comprehension. And that’s where the problem comes in. We try to understand and explain One who is far beyond our comprehension. When we start thinking we are something pretty special, all we need to do is look around us at the universe we live in, and we are reminded how insignificant we are. If I take a flashlight and turn it on, a beam of light comes out, traveling at 186, 282 miles a second. In one second it has gone a distance equivalent to going around the circumference of the earth four times - in just one second. That’s how fast light travels! In one year, that beam of light could have gone around the earth 240 million times. (galaxy pix) But to reach some of the galaxies that astronomers look at through their telescopes, it would take 10 billion years for that beam of light at its racing speed to reach there. That’s how big our universe is. And we understand through scripture that our God is the one who has set all of those stars in place.
That brings us to Psalm 8:3 which tells us, When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? This great and vast universe that we live in was completely orchestrated and designed by our great God. That’s how great He is! The Psalmist says in Psalm 147, Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! . . . He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
Just in our solar system alone, The Milky Way, there are estimated to be 400 Billion stars, and ours is just one of many, many galaxies. And yet scripture tells us that our God is so great that He created all of them by simply speaking the word, He knows each one distinctly, and He knows its name.