God is Great, God is Good

My earliest prayer was, “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.”

For most of my life I have thought of that as a childish prayer. Now, I’ve changed my opinion.

Yes, I know that prayer should be more than “saying grace” over a meal. I also know that prayer should be spontaneous, specific, and fervent.

My opinion has changed because even though it is a prayer for children as they pray over a meal, it is also filled with biblical truth and theological power.

God IS great. Scripture makes this clear.

One of the verses that I pray to God is a verse found at least two times in the Psalms. “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare Thy might acts. . . And men shall speak of the power of Thy awesome acts; and I will tell of Thy greatness” (Psalm 145:3-6).

I love these words: “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised.”

I also love “His greatness is unsearchable.” This means that God is so great that no one can really fathom how great He is. The child’s prayer is teaching a correct view of God. He is great beyond measure.

God IS good. No one can dispute His goodness.

Psalm 145 also speaks of God’s goodness. “The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:8-9).

These two great attributes of God are often paired in Scripture. Not only is God good, He is also great.

As a result of His greatness and goodness, let us praise Him for all His mighty works and let us humbly thank Him for our daily bread and His constant care.

God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him and praise His holy name!

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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