Robert Wells wrote a book entitled, "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?"
It is a book to help children see just how big the universe really is. Wells works from the idea of lesser to greater. He begins by stating that the largest animal on earth is the blue whale. The flippers on its tail are larger than most animals on earth, but a blue whale isn't near as big as a mountain. If you could put one hundred blue whales inside a container, you could place millions of those whale-filled containers inside Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano.
But, the Mauna Loa volcano isn't anywhere near as big as the earth. In fact, if you stack one hundred Mauna Loas on top of one another, it would only be a whisker on the earth's face. Wells continues by comparing the earth with the sun. In fact, you could fit one million earths inside the sun.
Following the pattern of lesser to greater, the sun is not near as big as the giant star, Antares. Antares will hold fifty million of our suns. The super-giant Antares is minute compared to the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way galaxy is made up of billions of stars like Antares.
The Milky Way galaxy is miniscule compared to the universe. There are billions of other galaxies in the universe. We are told in Psalm 139 that the God who created everything holds it together with His power.
God is the only thing that does justice to the greatness of God. He has no comparison. David teaches us about God and leaves us with a clear understanding of "How great is our God?" In Psalm 139:1-18, David lays out for us that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
God is omniscient, and yet He knows me. The word "omniscient" means all knowing. God knows everything about everything and everyone, all of the time.
God's knowledge is not just intellectual; it is personal. God, because He is omniscient, knows you. He knows you better than you know yourself. Whether you lie down, get up, sit, or stand, God sees you and God knows you. God knows every place you go, everything you do, and every step you take.
God knows the what, when, where, and how of everything you do at any given moment. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:3, "The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good."
God knows everything, and He still cares about me. David also teaches that God is everywhere, and He still lives in me. In Psalm 119:7, David asks God a question. He asks, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?" Everywhere you have been, God was there. Everywhere you are, God is there. Everywhere you are going, God will be there.
Jeremiah 2:23-24 states, "'Am I a God who is only in one place?' asks the Lord. 'Do they think I cannot see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?' asks the Lord."
God knows everything, and He still cares about me. David also teaches that God is all powerful, and yet, He still wants to help me. There are things that God cannot do. God cannot lie. God cannot sin. God cannot lead others to sin. God cannot die. However, anything consistent with His character, God can do.
David knew God's power. Psalm 139:13 states, "For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb." David understood that he existed because the all-powerful God created him. He continues with Psalm 139:15-16, which says, "My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them."
That is why David exclaims in Psalms 139:14, "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well."
How great is our God? Several people throughout history have helped us to understand that He is so great that even though He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, He can live in our heart through His Son, Christ.
Rev. Chris Reynolds is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Christian Academy in Jonesboro.