“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” vss. 1-2
A sizeable majority of people say that they believe in God, yet ideas about the nature of God are all over the map. It’s not surprising that this would be the case! Our vocabularies simply don’t have the words to even come close to a definition that does more than scratch the surface. The psalmist takes a stab at a description and most of us could probably agree that he does a pretty good job. He says that God is our dwelling place; some would go further and say that God is the ground of our being. And more than that, God is greater than all that exists, and before there was a universe there was God. Can we understand the enormity and the mystery of what the psalmist is describing? Probably not–as scripture says in a variety of ways–God is totally beyond our human understanding. So we do the best we can with words like holy, ineffable, omnipresent, omniscient, almighty…there are a whole string of adjectives available. And even though we can’t know God, we can acknowledge the majesty and wonder of creation and regularly offer God our praise and thanksgiving. We are here for such a short time–only the blink of an eye–but those months and years are a precious gift, an opportunity to sample God’s goodness in extraordinary ways. May we never ever take them for granted!
Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite definition of God?