Cosmic in Scope, Present in Every Breath

Psalm 149:1-11

“​1 Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.”  NRSV

In 1953, Bible scholar and Anglican priest, J. B. Phillips wrote the classic book entitled, “Your God is Too Small.” Chapter by chapter, Phillips debunks the common ways we imagine or characterize God in an effort to stretch our minds’ understanding of God to their more proper cosmic scope.

Phillips may have gotten the idea to write his book from this Psalmist. Psalm 147, too, invites us to stretch our minds and hearts in ways that glimpse (yes, just glimpse, since that’s all we are capable of doing) the majesty of God while not losing sight of the very nearness of God.

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