By Bryn Rademaker
These terms are impossible for our human minds to comprehend or understand, as hard as we may try.
100 billion might be a little easier to grasp, so let’s try:
- The number 100 billion is:
- Roughly 13.3 times as many people living on the earth (about 7.5 billion people)
- 500 million times as many countries that currently make up our world (195 countries)
- 3.8 million times the circumference of the earth (25,902 miles)
- 500 thousand times the weight of an average plane (175,000 pounds)
There’s only one being throughout eternity (even if we can’t comprehend that word) who could possibly create 100 billion galaxies, make beautiful 100 billion beings, and take away 100 billion failures and sins. You got it: our one true God.
But that’s not all He can do or even has done. If God could show you His love 100 billion times in 100 billion different ways, HE WOULD… and guess what—He does! If God could create 100 billion people to see these 100 billion different ways He loves them, HE WOULD… and guess what—He did! My friends, He has even performed over 100 billion different miracles throughout history, and yet we choose to sit here in disbelief of His goodness and mercy.
“So Will I (100 Billion X)” was beautifully written by Hillsong UNITED to lay out the truthful message of God in His goodness and what our response should ultimately be: to worship Him. The first time I was introduced to this song, I was sitting in my kitchen eating some breakfast while my beloved roommate played it/sang it for me on her guitar. Before she sang it to me, however, she gently invited me to listen to the simple story that was embedded within the lyrics. As she sang the first few phrases, I was caught off guard by how much imagery it allowed, by how rich the words were and how they cut deep within my heart. I remember praying, “My Lord, do I even worship you anymore? Or do I fail to see your miraculous creation every single day?”
I’m about to drop some truth bombs that I pray you open your heart up to receiving this and every day:
- We were created not for the purpose of this earth—we were created for eternity with Him.
- We were created not to worship things of this world—we were created to worship God and God alone.
- You were created not as just a number in the crowd of 7.5 billion other people—you were created as His perfectly unique and beloved child, loved by Him in all possible ways.
How often we fail to receive these truths when they’re so clearly spoken, written, and given to us.
I’ll leave you with the final verse of this incredible song:
“And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I
Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind.”
Open your eyes, friend. He desperately desires for you to see His goodness in all He blessed us with. And once we allow ourselves to be captured by this goodness, let us join together in worshipping Him with all the galaxies and stars, the mountains and oceans, the wind and rocks—with all of creation.
~An additional rendition of this song can be found below—the famous recording artist Tori Kelly sings a beautiful acoustic version of “So Will I (100 Billion X)” and it’s one of my favorite pieces to listen to.
~Hillsong UNITED is a band that originated from Hillsong Church’s youth ministry group called “Powerhouse Youth,” and is comprised of several worship leaders that rotate in and out (including Joel Houston, Brooke Fraser, Reuben Morgan, and Marty Sampson). You may be familiar with their most famous worship tune “Oceans” from their 2013 album entitled Zion. Other well-known songs of theirs include “Touch the Sky,” “Wonder,” and “Not Today.”