Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
As we examine the Psalmists response to the majesty and glory of our God (Psalm 96), it is an easy cross-reference to look at the apostle Paul’s statements about Jesus in his letter to the Colossians. Do you ever read the Old Testament that way? I hope you look for the ways Jesus fulfills and personifies what is promised and described in the Old Testament. The greatness of our God is worthy of our worship, and the fullness of that greatness has a name. Jesus is no less than what the Psalmist describes, and when we worship Him we not only remember Him as the object of our faith, we exercise our faith. The greatness of our Savior is worthy of our deepest consideration and understanding. He is not only worthy of our obedience, but the highest blessing is to know Him.
Whether I am terrified by my circumstances, or confused or depressed by them, I remember the greatness of our God. I elevate His greatness. I esteem Him with an exclusive and unique praise and devotion. So do the trees and the fields! His greatness is worthy of praise, and that greatness is infinitely, or as Paul says “universally,” larger than our circumstances. It’s comforting to know that even we are a precious part of all that He holds together. This is the great God we adore.