Today, we get to hear from one of DC’s greatest assets, my sweet friend Camden Elliott!
How Great is Our God
I had a humbling moment last week. As I was stressfully driving through rush-hour traffic, mentally berating the taxi driver in front of me for going too slow (because, of course it was his fault I was running late), Chris Tomlin’s voice from the radio slowly seeped into my awareness. I turned up the radio loud enough to block my spinning mind, and I began to focus on the chorus of his song How Great is Our God. In that moment, I just sort of stopped, listening to the simple words of the chorus:
“How great, is our God,
Sing with me, how great, is our God,
And all will see how great, how great, is our God.”
Coming from a family that loves music, I’ve always been one to think about how music is used to move people. In fact, for me, music is usually the one thing that can get my mind to the right place. I personally love every single lyric of this song, but one part always sticks out as a perfect example of God’s greatness:
The Godhead, three in one,
Father, Spirit, Son
Our God is our great Creator and he knows us distinctly, always and everywhere. He is our Father. In the words of David, the original song writer of praise:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all of my ways… Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. “
Psalm 139:1-3; 7-8
God our Father also loved us in spite of our sins, enough to become human to save us, by sending his son to die for us. Can you imagine the kind of greatness it takes to have that kind of love?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Indeed, God knows us, He saves us, AND he even gives us with his holy spirit to speak His truth to us, as our guide through this world.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
The greatness of God means he provides for our every need, as our ultimate Father, human savior, and personal guide and comfort through daily life.
My absolute favorite part of this song, however, is toward the end, after Chris Tomlin has sung about many more ways in which God is great, when the original chorus (“How great is our God”) can be heard behind these overarching lyrics:
“Name above all names,
You are worthy of all praise”
We must pray to remember, in all moments, whether we perceive them as negative or positive, that our God ‘s love for us means that He is always for us: He is always great, ever worthy of praise. It’s so easy to forget that simplicity in the midst of the demands and pressures of everyday life! So, whether it’s through song, a moment of prayer, or time in Scripture, take time today to thank God just for being who he is: our great God.
“I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music.”
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his.”
“I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.”
Hear the song below: