How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:2
Amazing? Amazing is a word that expresses wonder, astonishment and amazement. Something that is unexpected. This is a word I do not hear often. The verse at the top of the page intrigues me. When a person is weak and lives in the strength of the Lord, that person is amazing because of the humility and willingness to trust God and live in His Will.
There is God’s Word and man’s word. A man’s word used to mean a great deal. My father-in-law, Rufus Edgar Combs, recorded the meaning of a man’s word while buying mules. At the age of 13, Rufus was in charge of the farm and his family in 1900 AD. His father was dying of cancer. ( http://www.combs-families.org/combs/ms/rufus/c-rufus2.htm )
Finally I got up courage enough and said, if you make up the note and mortgage for me, I will sign it and be on my way. He said, “We don’t do that away out in this country. You go on and take the mules home with you and this fall when you sell your cotton, you come pay me.” I couldn’t hardly believe my ears. About the only thing to do was get started with the mules down on the road. I felt like I stole them. I took them home and broke them.
In a month or two I seen my Uncle and told him what happened. I got the mules all right. I told him to make out a note and I would sign it, and he said we don’t do that way out here. And he said, “You just take the mules on home and when you get your crop, why come pay me.”
My Uncle said, yes, that’s the way we do things out here in the west. If a man’s word ain’t no good, and his name ain’t good, what’s the use of wasting all the paper? I says, “What happened if I sold everything and the mules and took the money and left the country?” He said, “Oh, that’s what t’ got the mesquite trees and lariat ropes for, for those kind of guys.”
The papers in my filing cabinet attest to the loss of the value of a man’s word in this day and age. Then I read this verse in Psalm 111… How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
What are God’s deeds and what do they portray? Are they indeed amazing? The Lord’s deeds began with Creation that He spoke into existence. The time, light and darkness, the water and the air, the land and the sea, man and animals were all created by our Lord. No matter how what part of creation that I see, discover and study, all I can say over and over a breath of prayer – Amazing! Amazing is our Lord.
Why would God, Our Lord, go to so much trouble? Because He wants the very best for the children he created. The second part of the verse is: All who delight in him should ponder them. God presides over the birth of each new child. “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born”. Psalm 139:15-16s
He watches over the sparrow. “But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it” Matthew 10:29b
He sets the seasons. Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days and years.” Genesis 1:14
God gives abilities to his children to create and build. “The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded.” Exodus 36:1
The second part of the verse divides his people into those who delight in God and those who do not. When God’s amazing power and love envelopes us, we find ourselves finding his beauty all around us, then we delight in Him. We expect the impossible and search for the enriching words from His Word. We pray His Words that express his incredible love. We ponder how He was able to allow His Son, Jesus, to descend to the earth He created. We ponder the incredible and amazing gift Jesus gave us when He died, beaten and crushed, on the cross. We ponder the gift of resurrection when God raised His Son and left an empty tomb. We ponder how the disciples greeted their Master after the resurrection. We gaze with His disciples as they watched Jesus taken up into the sky.
Then I read Deuteronomy 29:2-4 - Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes everything the Lord did in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to his whole country— all the great tests of strength, the miraculous signs, and the amazing wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear!
About a month before she died, Mother asked if I could see the angel sitting in her bedroom by the head of the bed. I did not see an angel. But Mother did. She knew God’s presence was there in that room. God’s presence. As my Dad stepped into Heaven, he smiled. It was then I realized the reality of God’s Presence, His Love, and the Peace that is ours that is so amazing. I ponder His Word and I delight in His faithful forever love.
His final gift to us can only be described as Amazing Love through His Amazing Grace.
The lyrics from two songs last Sunday…
“He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, And I realize just how beautiful You are, And how great your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us, oh, Oh, how He loves us, How He loves us all.” (John M McMillan) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpEKI-F1PA
“You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of dust. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us.” (Gungor) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDNi5eCigqw (Skip ad)