How Great Thou Art
“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number; He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” Isaiah 40:26.
In 1886, a young Swedish minister, Carl Boberg, was filled with awe at the splendor of the sun, the rainbow and the birds singing following an afternoon storm. That evening, he was inspired to write the lyrics of the song, How Great Thou Art. This is a wonderful concept to sing and declare the greatness of God, but it is only half the message. As believers in Christ, we should also hear the Holy Spirit singing, “How great you are!” God says, My Spirit sings, how great you are. You are my creation, the container of Me. You are My masterpiece, individually designed by Me. I delight in you and uphold you by the Word of My power through the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I give you access to My total provision, meant for you.
Paul said, “Jesus Christ is of God. He is made to us wisdom, righteous, sanctification and redemption.” (I Corinthians 1:30). Therefore, we could say it is Jesus speaking in the 8th chapter of Proverbs. “Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.” Proverbs 8:31. What happens to those who realize God the Creator, considers us His workmanship, and through Jesus’ shed blood, accepts us just as we are?
- …relief. What a relief when we realize we are completely accepted and declared not guilty through Jesus Christ! If we have any degree of religion, it will urge us to change our behavior to earn acceptance from God. What a relief upon discovering we do not need to climb up a ‘self-improvement’ ladder to be close to God; He comes to us and looks for us. We met God in our life circumstances at the right time and the right place. In my world, it is the difference between attempting to serve Jesus and living because of Jesus.
- …being care-free. When we discover that the grace of God is free, not a reward for hard work, we are able to receive guidance into an anxious-free life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Discovering the power that lives within, who is much greater than ourselves, promotes increased health and strength. Learn and practice what Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7.
Connect this scripture to what Peter said, “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7. Let go and let God! “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” Psalm 138:8. Consider what the Spirit of the Lord said, “…Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” II Chronicles 20:15. The ‘multitude’ in this scripture can be referred to as our testing, trials and tribulation in life today.
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” II Chronicles 20:17.
- Set yourself. Take a stand in the revelation you have. Cast, and sometimes, recast your cares to God.
- Stand still. “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11 & 13. Stop doing, stop thinking about your cares and stand still.
- See the salvation of God. Affirm that the ‘greater than you’ power is now released to perfect your concerns. God is dedicated to meeting our needs and fulfilling our desires.