1 Chronicles 16:25 | World Challenge

1 Chronicles 16:25

August 13, 2019

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.


Devotional Thoughts

By David Wilkerson

 

Beholding the greatness of our God is an anchor for our souls.

I'm convinced the church needs one thing at this very moment: an ever–increasing revelation of God's greatness. So many anxious people around the world are turning to false gods in the midst of overwhelming fears. But followers of Jesus need only to be reminded of the one true God. We have to be firmly persuaded of his power, might and greatness on our behalf.

Of course, it isn't always easy to exercise faith when we're hurting. Often, we simply don't have the strength when pain is overwhelming us. At such times Christians can let God's promises slip away.

C.H. Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers in history, suffered from severe depression. (During his era this condition was known as "melancholy.") What was Spurgeon's remedy? He clung to the Psalms. God's enduring promises were the only true source of comfort for Spurgeon when his world seemed to be falling down around him. When the great preacher didn't have the strength to read them himself, he had someone read them to him. He knew they would bring him comfort and strength. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

"He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). I believe this word is meant especially for believers in the midst of a trial. The Lord is saying, "I have a reward for you in your trial. Go after it! I have set aside a blessing of strength for you at this time, and I want you to have it."

We have to saturate ourselves with God's Word — to be mindful of his promises, to trust in his faithfulness and to cling to what is true. It is the only way to cut off the demonic voice of the flood.

The more we understand and believe in the greatness of our God, the more we'll be prepared for the days ahead.

I leave you with this: God's Word makes clear we are not to worry about world crises. We are not to worry about the economy. He wants to remove all stress about our loved ones, our families, our hurts and trials. And he has given us the reason for this great comfort and assurance: Our God is great and greatly to be praised!