Theme: God — His Great Deeds
The famed hymn writer, Fanny Crosby opened and closed her well known song, To God be the Glory, with the same sentiment: “To God be the glory, great things He hath done…And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.”
One reason we know God is great is because of the great things He has done. It is also because of the great things He has done that we know there is none like Him. It is, as the hymn says, for the great things He has done that He is so worthy of our glory and praise and adoration.
Our readings about God during this reading program have focused on attributes and qualities of God: His sovereignty, holiness, glory and power, righteousness, justice, goodness, kindness, and steadfast love (other readings considered His role as creator and His Holy Spirit). Of course who and what God is is of supreme importance, but not more so than all that He has done. Alongside His character and nature our minds must also engage His activity. And just as surely as the Bible extols Him for who and what He is (see Exodus 34:6-7, for instance) it also is replete with the accounts of His great work and acknowledgements that is is for these that He is to be revered. By this very process—consideration of the great things He has done–we come to know God better.
This week’s readings will fall into two primary categories. The first is those that refer in general to God’s great deeds, the second will be a brief overview reading of some of those great deeds as recorded in Scripture. In that first category are found four important purposes and uses of God’s marvelous works in the development of our faith. Each of these four will be addressed separately below.
Readings and Introductory Comments:
1 Samuel 12:24; Psalm 26:6-7; 75:1; 92:5; 105:1-2, 5; 106:1-2; 126:2-3; 150:2; Joel 2:21
God is worthy of our praise and adoration and one of the most important reasons this is true is because of what God has done. So we are encouraged to praise and honor Him for this reason. Further these great deeds of God bring to us great joy which, then, spills over into our worship of Him. Further still, this is reason for lives lived in devotion and faithful service to Him.
Exodus 15:11; Deuteronomy 3:24; 1 Chronicles 17:19-20; Psalm 40:5; 71:15-19; 72:18-19; 136:4-5
What makes God’s deeds so great is the fact that He alone is the one able to accomplish them. These acts then become further evidence of His majesty, power, and sovereignty. Who else could accomplish these things but almighty God alone?
Psalm 78:1-8; 145:4, 5, 12
One of the consistent feature of Scripture drawing out attention to God’s great deeds, is the fact that these are not simply to be recognized and acknowledged, but they are to be “told.” Many of the passages we have already read, speak to this telling (Psa. 26:6-7; 40:5; 71:15-19; 75:1; etc.) These are to be proclaimed in the assembly (26:6-7) and to the nations (105:1-2). More specifically is the fact that they are to proclaimed to successive generations. It is interesting that when the book of Judges laments the rise of an unfaithful generation, it is said to be because they “did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).
Psalm 77:11-12; 111:2; 119:27; 143:5
Not only are the great deeds of God to be acknowledged, recognized, and proclaimed, they also are to be seriously and thoughtfully considered. The Bible uses words like (from the ESV) “study,” “ponder,” and “meditate.” It’s not just that God did these things—thought that itself is quite significant—but there are great implications and truths and realities to be learned from them.
Genesis 1:1-4; 2:1-3; 7:13-24; Exodus 19:1-6; Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Psalm 139:13-16; 1 Corinthians 2:9
This is likely the most selective series of passages we have read all year. When talking about examples of the great deeds of God, we could, in reality, read the entire Bible. Its very first words are of His great deeds, works that He alone could perform. The entire Bible’s story line is of God’s successive marvelous works. It is right for us to think about creation, the flood, the call of Abraham, the promised child, his descendants going down into Egypt, their coming up out of Egypt, etc. All of these events are nothing short of His wondrous acts. Beyond that, though the Bible also speaks to other works of God, like that of the revelation of His will to man, His continual sustaining of the world He made, the marvel that is the human body. Finally, that to which all of God’s work points is the salvation made available through His own Son. “To God be the glory, great things He has done.”
1 Samuel 12:24
- What does the great things God has done motivate us to do?
- What is done in conjunction with telling all God’s wondrous deeds?
- Same question as above.
- What is observed in addition to God’s great works?
Psalm 105:1-2, 5
- To whom are God’s deeds to be made known? (v. 1)
- With what is our mouths filled because of the great things God has done?
- In addition to His mighty deeds, for what else is God to be praise?
- What should our response be to the great things God has done?
- What makes God unlike any other in addition to His glorious deeds?
1 Chronicles 17:19-20
- What conclusion is to be drawn based on all the great things God has done?
- How many are the great things God has done?
- Through what age range are God’s great deeds proclaimed? (vv. 17-18)
- To whom will His might be told? (v. 18)
- Who does wondrous things?
- What great work in particular is mentioned here?
- From whom were the things learned that will be told? (v. 3)
- To whom will they be told? (v. 4) And then to whom? (v. 6)
Psalm 145:4, 5, 12
- What should I do in regard to God’s wondrous works? (v. 5)
- To whom should God’s mighty works be made known? (v. 12)
- What should one do in regard to the deeds of the Lord?
- What do ones do who delight in God’s great works?
Genesis 1:1-4; 2:1-3
- How did God bring heaven and earth into existence? (1:1-4)
- What had God done in 7 days? (2:1-3)
- Based upon what were those in the ark present? (v. 16)
- Who blotted out the living things on the face of the earth? (v. 23)
- In what was did God bring the people of Israel to Himself? (v. 4)
- What did God intend for the people of Israel to be to Him? (v. 6)
- Where is the revelation of God’s command not located? (vv. 11-13)
- Where is it located? (v. 14)
- Why is God to be praised? (v. 14)
1 Corinthians 2:9
- What has no eye seen, ear heard, or heart imagined?
Do you spend sufficient time pondering and meditating of the great works of God? If not, what should be done and how can it be done?
The great things God has done for His people throughout history are recorded in Scripture, but what great things has He done for you personally?
How are you telling God’s great deeds? Particular to the next generation?
Select a great work of God recorded in Scripture and then spend time pondering and meditating on His wondrous deed.
“Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You have done great things, O God, who is like you?” (Psalm 71:19)