Great Is The Lord

by Mike Ratliff

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. (Psalms 78:4 ESV)

God is good. He is beyond our comprehension in His magnificence and the depths of His mercy. He is Holy, Righteous, and Just. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Immutable. Oh, let us praise Him from grateful hearts. 

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. (Psalms 145:1 ESV)

1υψωσω σε ο θεος μου ο βασιλευς μου και ευλογησω το ονομα σου εις τον αιωνα και εις τον αιωνα του αιωνος  (Psalms 145:1 LXX)

I will exalt (υψωσω) you (σε) O (ο) my (μου) God (θεος) and (ο) my (μου) King (βασιλευς)  and (και) I will bless (ευλογησω) your (σου) name(ονομα) into (εις) the (τον) eon (αιωνα) and (και) into (εις) the (τον) eon (αιωνα) of the (τον) eon (αιωνος). (Psalms 145:1 word-for-word translation from the Septuagint to English)

Those who belong to the Saviour, being bought with His blood, know that their salvation, including their future glory, is all according to bringing glory to God. We do not have a clear picture of the magnitude of our salvation on this side of eternity, however, what those in Christ have been saved from is the eternal wrath of God and separation from Him and His mercy and grace forever. Let us exalt, υψωσω, Him who is our God, θεος, and King, βασιλευς. When we are finally brought into our Lord’s presence in eternity, we will then see and wonder at His magnitude and mercy and then we will bless, ευλογησω, His name forever and ever. This word, ευλογησω, is the source of our English word eulogize. We will speak well of our God forever. We will praise and worship Him continually and forever.

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. (Psalms 145:2 ESV)

2καθ εκαστην ημεραν ευλογησω σε και αινεσω το ονομα σου εις τον αιωνα και εις τον αιωνα του αιωνος (Psalms 145:2 LXX)

According to (καθ) each (εκαστην) day (ημεραν) I will bless (ευλογησω) you (σε), and (και) I will praise (αινεσω) your (σου) name (ονομα) into (εις) the (τον) eon (αιωνα), and (και) into (εις) the (τον) eon (αιωνα) of the (του) eon (αιωνος). (Psalms 145:2 word-for-word translation from the Septuagint to English)

The worship in eternity will be continual and beyond our comprehension in this life. Here we are contaminated with the distractions of the flesh and self-focus. There, that will not be the case. We will have the same eternal focus that Christ had when He walked this earth as a man. We will be so eternally grateful for our election and salvation that we will praise God’s name forever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalms 145:3 ESV)

3μεγας κυριος και αινετος σφοδρα και της μεγαλωσυνης αυτου ουκ εστιν περας  (Pslams 145:3 LXX)

Great (μεγας) is the Lord (κυριος), and (και) praiseworthy (αινετος) exceedingly (σφοδρα), and (και) of (της) his (αυτου) greatness (μεγαλωσυνης) there is (ουκ) no (εστιν) end (περας). (Psalms 145:3 word-for-word translation from the Septuagint to English)

The word translated here as “great” is μεγας, which is the source of our prefix “mega.” David, the psalmist, is telling us that God is great beyond our comprehension. The Lord is praiseworthy exceedingly, αινετος σφοδρα, or greatly to be praised! These two words, αινετος σφοδρα together tell us that God is praiseworthy more than it is possible to praise Him for His greatness, μεγαλωσυνης, is unsearchable or knows no end, ουκ εστιν περας. The word μεγαλωσυνης speaks of God’s majesty. The words ουκ εστιν περας speak of God’s infinity. He is infinite. His majesty is incomprehensible. He is great and greatly to be praised!

I pray that this pause from apologetics to praise our worthy God, our infinite Lord, who is beyond our comprehension has blessed you. If you are in Christ, I think you should be preparing for what it will be like in eternity with our Lord forever. We will be praising and worshipping Him forever. Let us start now!

Soli Deo Gloria!

12 thoughts on “Great Is The Lord

  1. God is good. He is beyond our comprehension in His magnificence and the depths of His mercy. He is Holy, Righteous, and Just. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Immutable. Oh, let us praise Him from grateful hearts.

    Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalms 145:3 ESV)

    Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. (Psalms 145:2 ESV)

    AMEN

  2. Don’t you just long to see Him face to face? The day when each of us gets to see our Creator, our Molder, our Potter- the One Who made us…that is what I long for.

  3. Mike, bless you for posting this marvelous truth! We should always take time out to praise our Great and Awesome God; what He’s done for us is not fully comprehensible this side of heaven. Oh, how blessed are we who’ve been saved by His grace, reconciled through the finished work of Christ…He is worthy of all praise, glory and honor!

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