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How Great Thou Art  

Such Knowledge Is Too Wonderful For Me

RESPECT FOR ALMIGHTY GOD

Lesson One

The name “God” is the Bible’s name for the divine nature which is possessed by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The purpose of this series of lessons is to add to our knowledge of how great our God is. Before beginning this study, we are aware that a full knowledge of this subject is unobtainable to us, because His greatness is far beyond human comprehension. Notice David’s disclaimer under the title above.

However, we can understand many things that we may not have known before. We associate daily with people whose conversation indicates they do not give God a second though. For Christians Sunday is a special day that we worship God on. Seemingly most people never seem to give God a single thought on this special day.

To many, Sunday is considered a day you can do anything you want to do from watching a ball game on TV, mowing the lawn, sleeping late, go fishing, visit friends and relatives, etc., etc. In our present contemporary culture, many religious gropes are seeing a decline of attendance. Many feel America has now reached what they call the post Christian age.

Even among active Christians some have not come to the realization of just how great our God is. The name “God” can become nothing more than just a word. We have not learned as much as we could have learned. Our lack of knowledge about God may be due in part to the fact that many of us are not frequent readers of the Bible.

Paul reminds us that our faith comes about by hearing His word (Romans 10:13). This includes reading also. Our purpose then in this series will be to expand our knowledge on how great and loving our God is. There will always remain many things we would like to know, but we can expand our knowledge on certain things that we may not have thought of before. This series of lessons on

“How Great Thou Art”

hopefully will leave us with a desire to give Him greater honor and respect because of who He is.

God himself reminds us,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

The apostle Paul declares,

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsel? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” (Romans 11:33-35)

This takes away any bragging we might boast about our knowledge and understanding of the Godhead. Again, we must remind ourselves that it is impossible to fully grasp and articulate the full awesomeness of God. While God is beyond our ability to fully comprehend, yet, this must not deter us from learning all that we can.

Robert Herrick wrote,

‘Tis hard to find God, but to comprehend Him, as He is, is labour without end.’

Great hymns such as, “How Great Thou Art”, plus many other great hymns help us to express our admiration for God’s greatness and what he has done for us. When we finish this series hopefully we will be able to sing with greater feeling, show more respect for His word, and express more awe for what he did for us on the cross. We need to progress from factual knowledge to a deeper spiritual outlook.

Worship can be the most meaningful time of the week for us. For example, Hymns tend to stir our emotions and make us feel closer to the Lord. Hymns tend to move us to greater spiritual heights. They are more than just words that come from the mouth. It is a recognition of the greatness of God. Take a look at one of the great hymn we often sing.

How Great Thou Art For You are great and do marvelous deeds.

 Psalm 86:9-10

O Lord my God!

When I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. When thru the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in. That on the cross my burden gladly bearing. He bled and died to take away my sin. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, my God how great Thou art!

REFRAIN

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

As we talk to God in prayer there is a feeling of security within us simply knowing He is listening and welcomes our petitions. God also appreciates our expressions of thanksgiving for all He does for us. He knows that we rely on Him for our very existence. There is something humbling and cleansing as we partake of the Lord’s Supper each week.

The time we spend in partaking of the Lord’s Supper lets the Lord know that we will never forget the great sacrifice He made that we might be cleansed from our sins. He knows we are keeping alive and fresh in our memories His crucifixion. The death of Jesus on the cross is the very heart and core of the Gospel. He is pleased when He sees us read with great respect from His Word.

The preaching of the gospel is special in that it strengthens us as well as bringing those, outside of Christ into fellowship with Him by hearing His word declared and submitting themselves to His will.

Our giving is special to Him as it shows that we want to see the gospel carried into all the world.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Hebrews 12:1

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