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Immeasurable God

Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord! How good it is to sing his praises! How delightful, and how right!

He is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing back the exiles. He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great he is! His power is absolute! His understanding is unlimited. The Lord supports the humble, but brings the wicked into the dust.

Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God accompanied by harps. He covers the heavens with clouds, sends down the showers and makes the green grass grow in mountain pastures. He feeds the wild animals and the young ravens cry to him for food. The speed of a horse is nothing to him. How puny in his sight is the strength of a man. But joy is in those who reverence him, those who expect him to be loving and kind. Psalm 147: 1-11 (TLB)

Luke Ecklund Heberie lives in Ohio. While talking with his wife at dinner, Luke asked her about the value of pi - the number that starts out 3.14159. It is used for calculating the circumference and area of a circle. Luke's wife, a middle-school math teacher, affirmed that pi is an "irrational number," meaning that it goes on and on. While no mathematician can fully write out the endless series of digits that comprise pi, it is nonetheless vitally important for calculations made by engineers, inventors, artists, and even chefs.

Like pi, God is also immeasurable in that we cannot fathom the fullness of who God is. Yet knowing God helps us to make sense of life. We may spend a lifetime calculating the infinite "Digits" of God, each one of which brings new wonder, surprise, and perspective to our search to know God. But knowing that God holds infinite knowledge in one hand also holds endless love in the other.

Today we can rejoice, knowing that while God spans far beyond human understanding, God gives us enough "digits" to know abundant beauty and profound love.

Prayer: Immeasurable God, thank you for allowing us to see a glimpse of who you are. Help us to trust you far beyond our own understanding, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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