“God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.”
It’s a prayer that many of us grew up praying in Sunday School or before our family meal. It has a certain bounce and rhyme to it that makes it easy to memorize even at the youngest of age. But this simple prayer also holds some profound theological truth.
The greatness of God is everywhere. Scripture begins by displaying His greatness.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth…” (Genesis 1:1)
Before we even read that He created anything, we are met with the undeniable truth that God was there in the beginning.
He created all things and is powerful over all things. He is all-knowing and is not shaken by anything. He is immovable, invisible and unmatchable. But yet in all of this, He is far from unapproachable.
The greatness of God makes us tremble as it should, but the welcoming spirit of God finds us in the shadow of His wings. It’s a bit counterintuitive to our common way of thinking that the God who is over all is also welcoming of all into His presence.
The goodness of God is also everywhere. In every instance of His grace and mercy, we also see an expression of His goodness.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8)
While the greatness of God highlights the true distance between Him and us, the goodness of God makes that distance short. The goodness of God allows a small, desperate and needy people to climb up into His lap and enjoy His presence.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3)
Aren’t you grateful for the nature of God? Aren’t you grateful for His kindness to us? Take a moment today to thank God for His greatness which holds all things together and His goodness which hold us close to His heart.