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Our Psalm for today speaks of the greateness of God's love, which is described as faithfulness, righteousenss, and judgments. How big is God's love? We don't have an adequate measuring tape, and we wouldn't know what to fasten it onto. We couldn't pull it out far enough. How high are the heavens? How great are the clouds? How large is a mountain? How deep is the ocean?
To begin to grasp the Psalmist's wonder, we should remember that the high and unscalable mountains in the Mediterranean region are not as large as the largest mountains in the world. A quick internet search tells me the deepest a person has ever been recorded as diving without special equipment is just over seven hundred feet. In contrast to this, the average depth of the ocean is thought to be over twelve thousand feet. That's over seventeen times as deep as anyone has ever gone unaided.
God's judgments are like the great deep. You can't go that far. They are immeasurable.
How does this play out in our lives, then? When we are tempted to think highly of ourselves, we need to realize that we come nowhere near measuring up to God's majesty. He is utterly beyond our comprehension.
What's our response then? We owe him our love, honor, respect, admiration, and obedience. He is truly the God who knows best. We must make no mistake on this account.
What else should we especially notice? In this Psalm God's majesty is shown in his love, his mercy, his grace, his judgment. He is the God we can look to in faith. He is the God we can look to in hope. And he is worthy of all our trust, so great is he.
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