How Great Thou Art

The wind was blowing, the roar was deafening, and water drops were falling as thick as rain as we stood near the base of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. Chelsea and I were privileged to attend the wedding of one of my good friends in Upstate New York this last weekend. While we were there, we were able to visit Niagara Falls, Canada. Looking down at the falls from the top is impressive enough. One fifth of the world's fresh water is traveling at forty miles per hour, crashing over the edge of a cliff, and falling 174 feet into the pool below. We decided to take the Journey Behind the Falls, though, which let us not only look out of portholes on the back side of the falls, but also stand on a platform just a few feet from where the falls were plunging into the water. As the spray was soaking us, my mind was reflecting on the song, "Then sings my soul / My Savior, God, to Thee / How great thou art!"

Every once in awhile we are fortunate enough to stand in a place that reminds us of the power and majesty of the God we serve. Standing at the base of Niagara, peering into the depths of the Grand Canyon, gazing at the towering slopes of Denali, beholding the star spangled heavens; these moments make God seem so infinitely huge and awesome. Throughout history, legends and lore have told of gods and goddesses who are terrible and powerful. Yet, our God is different. Isaiah 40 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible because it compares God to all the other "gods." In verse 10, Isaiah declares, "Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him." But he doesn't stop there. In the very next verse he says, "He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young" (Isaiah 40:10, 11). What kind of God is this? Yes, He is powerful. Yes, He is the creator and sustainer of all life. Yes, He is awesome in power and infinite in might. But He is also a tender shepherd, caring for us with love and gentleness. What other god claims to do that? Truly, O Lord, how great thou art!