Okay! I came across this passage again this morning as I was re-reading the Psalms and just had to stop to share it!
God's love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, his purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. (Psalm 36:5-6 The Message)
Okay...knowing me as you might, you know where I am headed, don't you? Yep, let's break it down! First, I want you to see each of these "attributes" of God are broken down with their own individual "descriptive" word. Our psalmist does not simply say God is loving - he calls his love meteoric. He doesn't reference God as loyal to his word - he calls his loyalty astronomic. These are big terms which lend much to understanding each of these attributes. So let's explore them a little:
- God's love is meteoric! Here's what I know about meteors (and trust me, it is limited). A meteor is a sudden appearance of something brilliant beyond our imagining. It is so revealing in the sky because of the brilliance it is displaying - we cannot help but notice it. It appears suddenly (at least for those of us who don't sit under the lens of a huge telescope all day). In movement it is swift. It crosses the sky at speeds which we cannot possibly comprehend simply we could never move that fast! Now...take this back to God's love. His love appears when we often don't expect it, in ways so which so brilliantly reveal his greatness! His love comes swiftly - without delay - crossing over our lives, leaving an impact of a lifetime! Woohoo!
- God's loyalty is astronomic! Okay, this one is easy - his loyalty is bigger than we can fully comprehend or contain! It is enormous! It is beyond anything we could experience in the natural sense. Now, think about it for a moment. His love is meteoric. His loyalty is astronomic. The brilliance, swiftness, and impact of his love is coupled with the hugeness of his loyalty! You cannot separate the two. Where do meteors appear? In the sky right? What is the root of astronomic? Astronomy, right? What does the study of astronomy deal with? The sky! So, our psalmist is connecting God's love and loyalty - they go hand-in-hand. In other words, David is reminding us God's love is swift - it is also reliable. His love brings light - it also allows light to live within us!
- God's purposes are titanic! The idea is one of enormous power, strength, and capacity. So, David is reminding us God's purposes are never without the power to back them up! They are never without strength which is limitless. They are never without the capacity to endure, overcome, and expand! Now, what is a purpose? It is the reason for which something exists, or is done, right? So, the reason God moves, responds, and loves is never small! There is always a purpose to his movement! There is always a reason for his response (and even for his lack of response!). His strength is displayed in every movement on our behalf!
- God's verdicts are oceanic! A verdict is simply a decision. God's decisions are oceanic. They are vast - it is almost incomprehensible to us to understand fully his decisions - but we can trust them! Why? Simply because his love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, and his purposes titanic! Just sayin!
To wrap it up, David points us clearly to the idea of nothing getting lost in God's greatness. This is good news to me because I am but one human being in a huge number of others who walk this earth. It is comforting to know NOTHING escapes his oversight, his protection, his planning, his intervention! NOTHING! It is impossible for Satan to "pull one over" on God. It is impossible for us to escape his notice (even when we might want to). Nothing escapes him - nothing slips through the cracks! Not you - not me! His love seeks us out - in all its brilliance and suddenness. His loyalty upholds us - not as a crutch, but as a strong tower of defense and a shelter of offense. His purposes cannot be thwarted - there is always movement on our behalf. His judgments on our behalf are always right! There is no other hope so great as to put our hope and trust in him!