Daily Devotion: Not Enough Words

“Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.” – Psalm 40:5

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25

I’ve mentioned before that our words fall short of being able to describe God as He truly is because He is so far above and beyond what we can even comprehend. These verses show us that not only are our words inadequate in quality, but also quantity.

There is so much that the Lord has done that there are “too many to declare” and if we tried to write them all down “the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Nor is God finished acting and working. We could never say or write everything He has done. On top of that, He is continually adding to the list of His works by His present activity, with promises in scripture to continue.

As a quick note about the verse from John. He may have been talking specifically about Jesus’s earthly ministry only, but don’t forget that John starts his account of the gospel with Jesus present at the creation of the world (John 1). Whether he is referring specifically to the time period of Jesus’s earthly ministry or Jesus’s work since creation, the result is that His deeds could not all be recorded because of the sheer amount.

If you think about the ways in which God is actively at work in the life of every believer, controls the course of history, and how two sparrows are sold for a penny,

“Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” – Matthew 10:29  

We begin to grasp the ways in which the deeds of God are too many to count. We don’t have the words to fully describe God nor enough of them to mention all He is and does.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:16-17

He is both the creator and sustainer of all of life. He created our world and every planet, even the furthest galaxies. He gives life to every plant, animal, and organism, from blue whales all the way down to the tiniest bacteria. He is the “Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13

Scripture is filled with the praises of God from beginning to end, both explicitly stated or implied.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.” – Revelation 4:11

That our creator, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, humbled Himself and become one of us for the purpose of saving us is too remarkable for words. Jesus,

“Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!” – Philippians 2:6-8 

For these reasons and many more than we could ever fully list, He is receiving praise continually and will do so forever more.

Trying to keep a piece short that begins by saying were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare” means it will always feel unfinished. And yet, that is how it should feel, because the praise of our marvelous Lord is always unfinished, always continuing. 

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