“As we have heard, so we have seen….” (Psalm 48:8, NIV)
I’ve heard about the Grand Canyon–how breathtaking it is, how enormous and beautiful. I’ve heard the same reports about Niagra Falls–how powerful and vast.
But the truth is, I haven’t seen either. My knowledge is based on the reports of others, not on personal experience.
Psalm 48:8 says something similar about the Lord. “We’d heard stories about the greatness and power of God,” writes the psalmist, “and now we’ve seen it for ourselves. Everything we heard is true!”
Job agreed. In Job 42:5, in his final reply to God, Job said, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.”
In other words, “Now I know God firsthand.”
How much better to experience Him personally, than to merely hear of Him! Lord, I’ve heard about Your greatness. I’ve been told about Your love and Your grace. But I want to see it for myself! To experience You firsthand. Let me come to know You, not just know about You. And I will come to find, as the psalmist did, that You are just as I have heard. Amen.