Hymn of the Month for March :: "Praise to the Lord (Joyful, Joyful)"

Each month this year, we’re diving into the lyrical depth of some great hymns.  The themes of the 12 hymns are: Peace, not Instability and Grace, not Self.  For March (and starting this Sunday) we will be focusing on Praise to the Lord (Joyful, Joyful)

One line (in verse 3) to focus on is: “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do”.  Our thoughts are too small, our focus too distracted, and our memory too faded.  When do we stop and explore who God is and what God can do?  We can’t limit the limitless. 

Psalm 145:3 says “No one can measure His greatness” [NLT], or “His greatness is unsearchable” [ESV].  The word used for “unsearchable” means His greatness cannot be numbered, like the sands on the beach or the corners and edges of the ocean.  There’s a movie where the main character is afloat on an ocean on a raft made of luggage, barely alive.  He looks up at the full moon at night, slowly pulls himself to stand, and brokenly prays towards the sky the admission to God that he had forgot how big God is and God’s plans are. 

No matter the depth of your understanding of who God is, or the breadth of your understanding of God’s working in your life, it’s too small.  We forget how big.  And, we can’t know who we are unless we know who He is.  Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) says “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."  One commentator said God’s giving exceeds our capacity for asking or even imagining.  Let’s ponder anew and reflect together on who the Almighty is and has been, and what the Almighty is doing and has done.  Think big….but it’s still not big enough.

Eyes Upward, Heart Outward, Feet Forward,

Joe Plante