May 15, 2020
My God is Bigger than Your God
By Skip Heitzig
When I was a kid, my friends and I liked to banter back and forth and say things like, "My dad's bigger than your dad." David essentially did the same thing in the Psalms: he often declared that in comparison to all other gods, his God—Yahweh—was bigger.
Just how big and powerful is God? Well, He's powerful enough to create everything in the universe and big enough to care for everything in your life. It's good to get a refresher about the awesomeness and magnitude of God, so let's look at Psalm 139 and consider three things David told us about His greatness:
1. God's work is marvelous: "Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well" (v. 14). God is not weak; He operates at full power. As you go through your day and notice His works in your life, why not pause to worship Him and actually articulate the fact that He can do anything? Learning to praise the Lord on a daily basis keeps our hearts soft.
2. God's workmanship is meticulous: "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (vv. 13-14). It's interesting to me that of all the examples in creation David could have used to show how big God is, he didn't go to the stars or the heavens. Rather, he pointed inward to the dark womb holding a developing child.
"My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them" (vv. 15-16). A lot of people in our culture aren't really happy with their body, but David would say that you are marvelous. And you are—you're the crown of God's creative genius. God has been superintending your development since those early stages, and His care for you is not going to stop now.
3. God's wisdom is matchless: "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You" (vv. 17-18). What stirred David more than his knowledge of God was God's knowledge of and care for him.
I'll tell you what these truths do for me and can do for you: first, they produce a sense of purpose. Knowing that this incredible God superintended your development and watches over you now should give you a purpose nothing and nobody else can supply. These truths also fill me with faith, because if God's that big and that powerful and that meticulous, He knows my needs right now, and I can trust every bit of my life to Him. Finally, these truths give me a sense of responsibility. If God does have a purpose for me and I can trust Him with everything, then I want to make sure I understand what His will is for my life and walk in it every day.
So how big is your Father? How powerful is your God? Is He big enough to take care of anything and everything in your life? I pray that we would live our days with confidence in Him—not because of anything we bring to the table, but because of how mighty He is.