From the Psalms we read,
- “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5 – NKJV)
Oh what a wonderful thing it is, to be able to grow in the knowledge of our God (cf. II Peter 3:18). To learn of Him, He who is our Creator, to learn what He approves of and what He doesn’t. To learn of His love and mercy and grace and kindness, of His patience and longsuffering. To learn that He is just, righteous, pure, eternal . . . the beginning and the end. To learn that He hates and that He is angered and wrathful. To learn that He is holy, holy, holy!
Ah yes, “Great is our Lord!” And here in our text we lean that “His understanding is infinite.”
The translators have chosen the English word “infinite” here to best define the Hebrew. This is the case in the KJV, the NKJV, and the NASB. And so we seek out the definition of this English word so that we can lean what the Holy Spirit would have us know regarding God’s “understanding.” The word “infinite” is defined as, “immeasurably great; unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless.” Literally, God’s “understanding” is “immeasurably great,” it is “unbounded,” it is “unlimited,” it is without end.
In contrast, our human “understanding” is finite, “having bounds or limits,” it is “measurable.” We find many “limits” to our “understanding,” don’t we? To illustrate this, note how mankind is constantly probing the cosmos his effort to try and understand how it and how we got to where we are. Man just doesn’t know how all that he sees around him got here, his “understanding” is finite. And that just touches the surface of the “limits” of man’s “understanding.”
But with God it is not so! He is “great . . . and mighty in power,” and “His understanding is infinite.” When we know this we are best able to handle life and its various ups and downs. It is especially true in regards to the “downs.” When the “why” is difficult to understand, when the trial that comes greatly perplexes us, when circumstances tend to challenge our ability to grasp what is going on . . . in the midst of all of these God tells us that His “understanding is infinite.” And that brethren is a most comforting fact to know about our Father in heaven.
Have a good day . . . . and as you walk do so in the knowledge that though we may not understand a certain matter, our Father does. There are no limits to His understanding!