Friday, September 14, 2012

GOD IS BIG! we are small.

I just finished reading through the Psalms. I LOVED it. I have so many favorites for so many reasons: reading the Psalms reminded me to be GOD glorifying, they're also a reminder of God's steadfast love and faithfulness, and God's sovereignty. One piece that I hadn't really given a whole lot of thought to until I watched Louie Giglio's sermon titled, "Indescribable" was how BIG God really is and how small we are. As American's we tend to focus on ourselves, when our focus should be God centered. The Psalms reminded me that in my daily walk with Christ I need to be more GOD FOCUSED. After all, the depth of his knowledge and understanding is far, far, far beyond mine. If we look up into the sky, the understanding of how small we truly are, and how insignificant our lives are in the grand scheme of things, is a humbling experience that should put our life in the right perspective. So how BIG is God and how small are we? Well... according to the Psalmist…

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims is handiwork.” – Psalm 19:1

“My days are like an evening shadow, I wither away like grass. But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.” – Psalm 102:11-12

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him… ?” – Psalm 8:3-4

"O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow." - Psalm 144:3-4

"How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand." - Psalm 139:17-18

"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable." - Psalm 145: 3

"He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure." - Psalm 147:4

READ ALL OF Psalm 104! God is SOVEREIGN!

One little section of Louie Giglio’s sermon pretty much sums it up perfectly… “Believe it or not, we are not even in the center of our own subdivision. Affirming again tonight that it’s not about you and it’s not about me, we don’t even live in the center of our subdivision. You don’t want to live in the center of our subdivision because it’s scary in the center of the subdivision. Well, where do we live? Well we live way out between a couple of the spiral arms, you don’t want to live in there either because that’s dangerous territory inside the bands, we live in that little clear zone between a couple of bands about two-thirds of the way out. We live somewhere about there. You’re like, well, I don’t see me. No. Because we couldn’t put a mark on the diagram that you could see that would be the right relative size to our solar system, you know that’s our little cul-de-sac in our subdivision, we couldn’t even put our solar system on here in relative size to our Milky Way galaxy for you to see. It’s that small inside the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists say that our solar system is the size of a quarter and the Milky Way galaxy is the size of the North American continent… we’re not that consequential in our own subdivision called the Milky Way galaxy. … my life is a tiny little blip on the radar of history, a vapor, infinitesimal little life. You say, ‘well, Louie, you’re making me feel small.’ No, I’m not trying to make you feel small; I’m trying to help you see that you are small!”

BUT, how well does He know us? How much does He Love us?

READ ALL OF Psalm 139!

“Your steadfast love, Oh Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!” – Psalm 36:5-10

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” – Psalm 94:17-19

“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:5

"The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy." - Psalm 145

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever..." - Psalm 136:1-9

"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his thrown in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all!" - Psalm 103:6-19

"Long before you decided what you were going to do with God, God decided what He was going to do with you. And that was to not give you what your sins deserved, but to give His son what your sins deserved, and to give you the gift of Himself and an invitation to live forever in a big, big story that is all about HIM. His grace and hope." - Louie Giglio

Isn't God amazing?

Here are the links to watch Louie Giglio's sermon online. It is absolutely, mind blowing! I highly, highly recommend it.

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