What Are We Singing: How Great is Our God
- Saturday, August 25, 2007
As a speaker, it is one of those moments I’ll never forget. I stood behind the podium facing several hundred ladies, their faces revealing an anxiousness to know more about what I have come to tell them. About God. About His power in their lives. About what He has done in mine and in the lives of those we read about on gold trimmed pages set between soft leather. About what He continues to do…
I felt the time was right. “There is something I’d like to share with you,” I said. “Something that blows my mind every time I read it. Turn with me, if you will, to Ezekiel, chapter 1.”
Bibles casually spread across laps were reached for, pages fanning this way and that, trying to find one of the 66 books of the Bible less read. When all eyes were back on me—an indication that the desired scripture had been located—I read, “ ‘…while I was among the exiles…the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God…I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures… Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle…Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body…As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces…They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel…Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome… Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man…I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.’”
I felt my heart exploding in joy as I read; I’d just read scripture describing the near indescribable greatness and awesomeness of our God. But when I looked up, the faces staring back at me had gone from anxious to near terrified. Later one of the ladies came up to me and said, “I’m not sure we’re ready to know just how wonderful God is.”
The Wonder of God
Singer/Songwriter Chris Tomlin’s song How Great is Our God has inspired this generation of believers by reminding us that God is no ordinary being sitting on a common throne dressed in rags. God’s very being, according to the Word, expresses magnificence our words strain to capture.
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