I’m going to try to capture the meaning of the psalmist, who describes the greatness of God as something no one can fathom.

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.  (Psalm 145:1-3)

A fathom is a unit of length equal to 6 feet, used principally in the measurement and specification of marine depths.  To be fathomless is to be too deep to be measured; to be bottomless.  Think about that for a moment.  The depth of the greatness of our God is beyond measurement.  It is, in a word, fathomless!

  • His holiness . . . fathomless
  • His glory . . . fathomless
  • His love . . . fathomless
  • His mercy . . . fathomless
  • His grace . . . fathomless
  • His goodness . . . fathomless
  • His kindness . . . fathomless
  • His forgiveness . . . fathomless
  • His forbearance . . . fathomless

Of course, we could go on forever.  The fathomless Father who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) has given us a fathomless faith.  Faith in Christ is a bottomless sea of unimaginable joy, one that we need only to dip our toes into each day to be swallowed up by it.  Imagine diving in with wholehearted abandon and the fathomless joy that should be the confession of our lives.  If we would dare to do such a thing: everyone who knew us would know we know Jesus; everyone who lived with us would know we live with Jesus; everyone who worked with us would know we work for Jesus.

Faith in Christ has called us into a fathomless future where our blood is oxygenated by His story and our sweat is poured out for His glory.  It’s been said that the future is so bright, you gotta wear shades!  The care of our Lord for every aspect of our lives is so immeasurable that nothing we do is insignificant to Him.  No labor is menial when it is done for Jesus.  No act of kindness goes unnoticed.  No ministry of mercy is ignored.  If the number of hairs on your head matters to God so much that he actually counts them (Matthew 10:30), then surely there is nothing you can do for Him that doesn’t matter, regardless of how inconsequential it might seem to you.

The fathomless greatness of our God should get us out of bed each day, rejoicing over the privilege we have in serving so great a God.  Who can measure the depth of the love that has been showered upon us by the One who took our place on that cross?  Shall we return it lukewarm, served up with half our heart?  God forbid!

Whether we find ourselves journeying through sun-filled days or storm-filled nights, may our lament be that we have not loved Him enough, no matter how hard we have tried to convince ourselves that we have done so with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Thank God for the fathomless faithfulness of our Lord . . . even when our faithfulness is only six inches deep!

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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