Today’s reading: Psalm 93-95; Romans 11:22-36
4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!
5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore. Psalm 93:4-5
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36
God is too great and glorious to be described in human words, but we must try. When we have exhausted our efforts, we worship Him by ascribing to Him all glory forever.
How do you describe God? Psalm 93 uses an analogy to the highest human authority, the king. Admittedly, that comparison falls far short because God is a king whose reign always was and always will be. He is eternal. He rules, but not over some limited territory, over the whole earth.
How do you describe God? The Psalmist draws from the most powerful forces in nature: a flood, mighty waters, the sea. The waters roar. They sweep away everything in their path. But that is not an adequate description of the power of God for He is mightier than the sea. He is on high above it all.
How do you describe God? Human kings make decrees, but they cannot guarantee their fulfillment. Maybe the kingdom will be overthrown. Maybe the king will die suddenly. The king’s decree is only a statement of his intention. But God’s decrees are “very trustworthy.” He is holy, set apart, completely other. Forever.
Paul compares God to the wisest counselor or the richest man on earth. They could add nothing to the Lord’s understanding nor supply Him with anything He lacks. The Apostle seems out of superlatives as he cries out, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! …To him be glory forever. Amen.” We cannot adequately describe God, but give it a try. He is worthy and accepting of all our feeble, but heartfelt, efforts to praise Him.