1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
ascribe greatness to our God!
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35, 37-39
Throughout Scripture God gives the command to proclaim His name above the rest – to ascribe greatness to Him. This song pulls on that fact while also remembering the limitations that we as humans have being creatures, not creator. With the human limitations and the vastness of God’s being, it is impossible for mankind to see the fullness of God.
There are so many distractions in our world that keep us from fully pursuing and seeing the greatness of our God. This song offers a prayer of illumination – “give me eyes to see more of who You are (verse 1).” Let the knowledge revealed to us by the Spirit be greater than anything we have previously thought we knew (verse 1). May the grace of God cover our fears, anxiety, doubt and limitations (verse 2).
No sky contains, no doubt restrains, no words can say or song portray all that God is. There are so many songs written about and to God. There are so many books written that attempt to describe who God is. No matter our constantly growing understanding of God – and we should be constantly striving to grow our understanding and love for God – we cannot fully describe or comprehend the greatness of our God. When we encounter the character of God, love overflows. A love that we can love because of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:19).
The bridge is simply a proclamation of the truths of Romans 8, describing yet another incredible facet of God’s character. No matter what we do, what we think, how far we run, how much doubt we may have, God will continue to love and pursue us! Because of His sacrifice we have been adopted into the family of God and are heirs with Jesus. The greatness of our God has not and never will cease – the love of God is continually being poured out on us in ways that are unfathomable.
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.