I finish my prayer time about every other day by thanking God in the words of Psalm 145:1-3 “I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”
There is no fully searching out of Yahweh’s greatness. God is great in His power, so that he can speak the universe into existence from nothing. God’s mercy is great. It must be for Him to forgive sinners. Whose love is great like God’s? In fact, God is great in all of His attributes, both those we share with Him and those which can only pertain to deity.
God is also unsearchable in the works He has done. Eliphaz told Job, “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, Who does great things and unsearchable.” Then he goes on to name a few of them: giving rain, exalting the lowly, and (with a hint of application to Job) He catches the wise in their own craftiness.
Elihu says that God is eternal, that the number of His years is unsearchable. Job 36:26 “Behold, God is great, and we know Him not; the number of His years is unsearchable.” Psalm 102:27 tells the reader that God’s years “have no end.” It is why He is immutable.
God’s understanding (His cleverness, skill) is also unsearchable. Israel thought that they could hide from God and cover up their sins before Him. But the prophet Isaiah reminds them (40:28): “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.”
God justice, and especially the way in which He executes justice, is unsearchable. As Paul turns and surveys in Romans 1-11 the remarkable sweep of doctrine contained in the atonement of Jesus Christ (Romans 11:33), He cries out in loving wonder, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable are His ways!” There is no way to fathom salvation’s depths, no way to calculate salvations riches, no way to fully comprehend salvation’s wisdom or the knowledge of God in providing salvation for us!
Finally, the riches of Christ are unsearchable. And yet Paul says in Ephesians 3:8 that God gave him the grace of preaching to the Gentiles those “riches of Christ” to the Ephesians and others. And is it “grace”? Because he was “the very least of all the saints.” Paul’s memory of his unsaved past continually humbled him to the point of proclaiming “Grace!” whenever he thought of what he had the privilege of spending his life doing. May we praise the God of glory for who He is, for what He has already done for us, for what He will yet do, and for the extraordinary blessing of sharing this with others!