“How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” — Psalm 111:3-4
We have been digging into Psalm 111 for the past two weeks. Today I want to suggest to you that Psalm 111:3-4 offers another “we get to.”
We get to see God’s might and power all around us.
The word “ponder” in the Old Testament means: to weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully.
In the Hymn, “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty,” the fourth stanza says, “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”
Too often we adopt a “ho-hum” approach to our lives because we are never truly satisfied. We are always looking for the “something” or “someone” rather than being fully satisfied in the ONLY one that can bring us true and meaningful satisfaction.
It is a good thing to put the DVD on pause, to just step back and be still and ponder and examine what God is doing all around you.
When was the last time you pondered His beautiful creation? I don’t know what your sunrises and sunsets have been like recently, but ours have been breathtaking.
For seven years I served at Sandy Cove Ministries as Vice President of Ministries. Sandy Cove is located on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. I can’t tell you how many nights I walked by the water and saw spectacular sunsets. In all four seasons, the sunsets were completely different.
Have you ever visited the Hubble Space Craft website? Take some time and check out the amazing satellite pictures still coming back. Our awesome God is in total control of the universe. Everything works like clockwork. God is still creating stars and planets, and yet He knows exactly where they are, has them all numbered and even calls them by name!!!
Your body is another amazing miracle. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Look at your index finger. NO ONE who has ever lived before you, during your lifetime and no one after you are gone will never have your same fingerprint. The iris of your eye is unique to YOU.
When we take medication today, that medication is toxic if it doesn’t go to the right part of your body. When God created you, most likely that medication didn’t exist. But guess what? He created your body, so it takes that medicine to just the right spot, going through the bloodstream, kidneys, and other organs to make sure it doesn’t harm the other parts of your body.
The bottom line is what the Levite who penned this understood this principle and wanted you and me to grasp it: EVERYTHING He does reveals His glory and majesty.
Joachim Neander paints this picture:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend
Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.
Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.
Praise to the Lord, oh, let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him;
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye, we adore Him.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: Every work of God serves to display His glory, and set off the greatness of His majesty. John Gill
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:20-21