3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

Michael Phelps’s Olympic career spanned twelve years and five Olympic Games. By the end of his Olympic career in 2016, Phelps finished with 23 gold medals and 28 medals overall. Over the span of his Olympic career, millions of people tuned in to see what he might achieve next. Many of these viewers cared little about the sport of swimming outside of these five events, but they were still compelled by the greatness that Phelps displayed. As with Michael Phelps, we are drawn to greatness, even in areas that do not typically draw our interest. We heap praise and attention on athletes and others that display extraordinary ability and skill.

Psalm 145 highlights a truth found throughout the Bible: God is great in a way that surpasses any other greatness we know. If we ascribe praise to athletes and others who excel in their crafts, our praise for God should pour out exceedingly more. As we are reminded in this text, the greatness of God is beyond what we are able to fathom. The vastness of God’s greatness is also described in Psalm 96:4, Psalm 139:6, and Isaiah 40:28, as well as many others.

We have shown by habit and priority that we will make time and attention for that which we believe is truly great. A right response to seeing God’s greatness is to pour out our lives, searching the vastness of who He is and seeking to point others to Him.

• What are some aspects of God’s character and nature that lead us to praise His greatness?

• What might your priorities and habits be showing you believe is greater than God? What needs to change?

• Pray and exalt God for Who He is. Spend some time meditating on His greatness and giving praise to Him.