Psalm 145:3 The LORD is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable. People are complex and after a few decades they build up a wealth of experience and […]
Psalm 145:3 The LORD is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
People are complex and after a few decades they build up a wealth of experience and knowledge. But if you were to talk to them for long enough you would eventually reach quite a full knowledge of them. You would be able to find out what they think about every subject, including the limits of their knowledge. You would be able to flush out their various emotional experiences. You could discover where they have lived, and what places they have visited.
God is not like that. God is infinite. You cannot plumb the depths of God.
Imagine you were on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You could look around your boat and in every direction there would appear to be unending water. God is a little like that.
If you were to dig deep into any of God’s attributes, His being, wisdom, power, justice, goodness, holiness and truth, you would find that there is more to know.
Psalm 145:3 says “The LORD is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable.”
This is one of the great glories of who God is and who He made us to be.
We are made to know other people with greater and greater depth and we are made to know God with greater and greater depth.
In the new heavens and new earth we probably won’t start with a complete understanding of God. Our understanding of Him will not be flawed but it won’t be complete – it can’t be because we are mere creatures and His greatness is unsearchable. We will, however, enjoy growing in richer and deeper understanding and knowledge of God. As we know Him more we our capacity to love and praise Him will grow and deepen.
And we see this important link in our verse as well. As we meditate on the greatness of the LORD, our praise will become higher and higher. And so, the praise of God is linked to the knowledge of God’s greatness. And if God is infinite then our capacity to praise Him is without end as well.
– Tom Eglinton