5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. (Psalm 36:5-6)
One of the things I love about worship is the fact at times we are actually singing Scripture. How wonderful is it when a song is taken from one of the Psalms! Talk about using Scripture in context. When we sing a song made up of one of the Psalms, we are actually using the passage in the way the psalmist intended. After all, most Psalms were songs written about God.
A few years ago the group Third Day came out with a song entitled “Your Love O Lord”. Its opening lines are from verses 5 & 6 of Psalm 36. How magnificent that today we are using those exact same words to praise God, which David and others used in their worship so long ago.
As David wrote this Psalm, he recognized God’s love was beyond anything he could have imagined. He said God’s love reaches to the heavens. David used this analogy because of how large the heavens appeared to him. Today we are still learning just how large the Heavens are as we continue to peek at our universe through the Hubble telescope.
Those who look at photographs sent back from the Hubble stand in awe of the incredibly vast universe in which we live. However, even with all we have learned about the heavens and have been able to see through the Hubble telescope we still can’t grasp or fully understand the enormity of the universe.
One of the realities we are faced with when viewing pictures from the Hubble is just how small we really are in the scope of things. Often we forget our planet is not even the largest one in our own solar system. We tend to forget the sun, which we see as enormous is not even close to being one of the largest stars. Yet as small as we are in the scope of things, the God who created it all cares about our lives and wants us to have a relationship with Him.
Just as those who experience the views from the Hubble telescope are only beginning to grasp the vastness of the heavens, we who know and experience God are only beginning to grasp the vastness of His love. It is far greater than we could ever imagine!
As David sang “Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the Heavens”, he had no idea how big the heavens were nor did he understand the enormity of God’s love. He could only sing of this comparison from his perspective of things. He could only see the stars visible to the human eye, and could only understand God’s love to the point it had been revealed.
Today when we sing these words, we need to sing it from our perspective. Because of the Hubble telescope we can now see how vast the heavens truly are and because of the cross we can now better understand the enormity of God’s love for us.
God’s love is so big that He sent His Son to die on a cross, so that we could have a relationship with Him…now that’s BIG love