Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3 NIV.
The other day during a seminar this verse was shared. As the speaker shared the verse, the word ‘fathom’ struck a chord in my heart. The definition of fathom is “a unit of length used especially for measuring the depth of water…” Other translations of the verse use the word ‘immeasurable’ or ‘unsearchable’. These translations seem perhaps more appropriate to describe the greatness of God. So why did fathom jump out to me?
I like practical applications, so I decided to do a little research on fathoms and measuring the deepest parts of bodies of water. Did you know that it wasn’t until 1969; roughly 3000 years after this Psalm was written, that humans were able to measure and visit the deepest part of the ocean in the Marianas Trench? We are now able to ‘fathom’ – or measure – the depth of the ocean! This is where we humans give ourselves a little pat on the back. The Psalmist however, states that no one can fathom his greatness!
Later that weekend, a little more of what God was trying to say to me was revealed. During worship, we sang a song titled “Higher than the Sky”. During the chorus, this phrase is used: “Your love, Your love, is deeper than the sea.” As we sang this, the words ‘deeper’ immediately jumped out, as fathom and deepness are one in the same. His love is unfathomable! Ephesians 3: 17, 18 states it this way:
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. (NLT)
What do we really know…
Back to my practical applications... The following excerpt is taken directly from this website, “The entire ocean floor has been mapped, but only to a resolution of 5 kilometers (3 miles). (That means that we can see any features larger than 5 kilometers.) That doesn't mean we've explored or even seen the entire floor, even with instruments; the job is done by using radar to measure the sea's surface, giving us an idea of where bumps and dips in the ocean floor lie. It's a pretty cool feat, but the maps of the ocean floor still aren't as detailed as maps of the planets around us. If you consider how much of the ocean floor we've really seen and can report on, we're talking 0.05 percent of the ocean, mapped with the highest resolution of sonar [source: Copley].”
Here’s the significance of this article for me and it’s life application. Even though we now can measure the depths of the ocean, we still only know approximately 0.05% of the detail of the depths of the ocean! With something we can measure, we know so little. Yet God’s greatness is more than we can fathom! His love is deeper than the sea! His love is more than we can fathom!
How much of God’s unfathomable love have you explored and experienced? Have you stopped at 0.05%? Have you stopped at just acknowledging with your mouth the greatness of His Love for you? Or do you seek out more of His presence and His love every day, every hour, every moment of the day. Don’t stop at knowing only 0.05%! There is so much more of his abundant grace and unfathomable love for you and me! Immerse yourself in it, and then reciprocate His Love in our city, Bend Oregon.
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