Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verses: ( 3-4)
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
Reflection: Reading this acrostic Psalm, I am struck by the description of God’s greatness as “unsearchable.” My first thought was about webpages, and the tiny little bit I know about search engine optimization. (So of course I went to Google and just searched it for a definition and description.) My unscientific understanding is that when you look something up on the internet, the order of the search results matters in driving people to those webpages. There are ways to optimize the visibility of your webpage when someone types in key words or phrases in search of an answer or a link to information. You want to make your content searchable so people can easily find you on the internet. Is the greatness of God searchable? Can we look for it and find it?
According to the Psalmist, we can and we do. The rest of the Psalm lays out ways we see the greatness of God, and share our findings with others. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is faithful and gracious, raising up those who are bowed down. The Lord gives food, satisfying every living thing. God is near and saves us. And people speak and sing and proclaim, blessing God’s holy name. From A to Z, from beginning to end, the greatness of the Lord is everlasting.
The Psalmist knew nothing of Google or the internet. The Hebrew wording used here, translated as “unsearchable” is also translated as “has no end” or “unmeasurable” or “unfathomable.” There are no boundaries to it. It can’t be quantified or optimized. It simply is. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Almighty God, your greatness is unsearchable. Your love has no boundaries, no beginning or end. You are before me and behind me, above me and within me. You are my beginning and my end. Open my eyes to see, all around, your love and grace and power. Help me to see it, and to share it. Through Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].