The Greatness of God

Psalm 8:3-4

(Psalms 8:3-4) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

I have done exactly what David was doing in the above verses. I have looked up at the sky and considered the vastness of the heavens. In David's day, it must have seemed impossible to try to count the stars, but now we have made great strides in our telescopic technologies. I was reading of the attempt made in 2003 by some astronomers in Australia. Consider what they found.

The Australian astronomers used some of the world's most powerful instruments to measure the brightness of all the galaxies in one sector of the cosmos - and then calculated how many stars they must have contained.

From that measurement, they proceeded to work out a figure for the whole of the visible Universe, which they believe is much more accurate than previous estimates.

That figure - presented to the International Astronomical Union conference in Sydney - is the kind that really can be called astronomical: 70 sextillion, or seven followed by 22 zeroes.

That is more than the total number of grains of sand in all the Earth's beaches and deserts. But that is only the stars in the visible Universe within range of our telescopes.

Let me try to help put this in perspective. If we took only one quintillion of the stars and simply count them [from 0 to quintillion] one count per second, day and night, this will take 32 billion years! That is how long it will take to just "count" them.

We can appreciate the vastness of our universe if we imagine going on a journey through space at the speed of light (670,616,629 miles per hour) that is only slightly faster than JR travels in his Mustang! When we leave the planet Earth towards the sun, at the speed of light, in only 8 minutes we reach the sun, which is 93,000,000 miles away. If we wanted to leave our galaxy (the Milky Way) it would take us more than 50,000 years! 'Are we there yet?' It would take 2,000,000 years to reach the next galaxy and 10 billion years to get to the outer edge of the universe.

But all of this was spoken into existence by God when He created this world. (Genesis 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. God is great, but how can we understand His greatness?

I. He is Great in His Goodness

II. He is Great in His Grace

III. He is Great in His Gift

Why is God so great? Because He saw you and me in our sin, condemned to hell, and because He was not willing that any should perish; He sent His Son to become sin for us and to give His righteousness to all who will believe.