Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. (Ps. 145:3)
I’m not ashamed to admit that my first job was arranged by my mom. It was the summer following my seventh-grade school year, and she had a childhood friend who had become a contractor. To this day, I think he gave me the job out of obligation to my mom! Here’s how I know this: One of my main duties was to sweep sawdust and wood debris out of shag carpet. It’s hard to remove sawdust out of shag carpet! It certainly kept me busy, but I often wondered why my boss wanted me to do this meaningless task. The job didn’t seem so great to me.
Psalm 145:3 points readers to one of God’s key attributes: his praiseworthiness. God is “most worthy of praise” due to his unique “greatness no one can fathom.” It is impossible to measure God’s greatness; the human mind simply cannot dream up a large-enough metric. We know in our very beings when someone is worthy of praise or not. When we are faced with the level of greatness like that of the Lord, our only appropriate response is praise.
Whether or not my boss was deserving of praise is one thing! We can all agree, however, that God is worthy of our adoration. Start out each day savoring God’s greatness, and you’ll find that praising him becomes second nature.
Savor God’s greatness, and praise becomes second nature.
Chris McFadden is a doctoral student at Wesley Seminary and an ordained minister, serving Lakin Wesleyan Church in Kansas. He is married to Suzanne and has two beautiful daughters.
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