A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “Our Great God”
Hymn writers often express God’s greatness through lyrics and words better than theologians do. When I was a kid, I remember seeing George Beverly Shea’s thrilling rendition of “How Great Thou Art” with the Billy Graham Crusade choir supporting him. At my wedding, my bride, Nancy, arranged it so that our wedding guests sang “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” as she and the wedding party entered. More recently, contemporary Christian musician Chris Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” has captured the imagination of believers around the globe.
Scripture is loaded with songs that praise God’s greatness, even though we do not now know the original tunes. In fact, the Book of Psalms is the Bible’s hymnal, and over the centuries, each of the 150 individual psalms has been set to music.
Scholars debate whether the poetry of angelic beings was sung or just spoken (such as “Glory to God in the highest,” by the Christmas angels). Yet we can be sure that music and singing will be part of our experience throughout eternity. There will always be new songs to write and to sing as we worship forever and ever in the resurrection.
Take a few moments to recall songs that help you recall God’s greatness. If you have easy access to your music collection, stop to listen to one of your favorites. Jot down a few words that describe His greatness. When I recently completed this exercise, my list included unsearchable, lofty, wondrous, exalted, and majestic.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you agree that songwriters often express God’s greatness better than theologians? Why or why not?
• What musical steps can you take the rest of the day to recall God’s greatness for yourself?