Wondrous and Multiplied

“You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told.

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.’

I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.” Psalm 40:5-10

Cotton-puffed cerulean sky makes for a sanctuary vaulting to eternity. Lush meadows sprawl to the edge of piney woods, and frilly wildflowers pop color, tickled by a tiny, intricate butterfly. Closer still, grass blades gracefully stand, gently swaying to the music of fresh beauty and crisp air, captivating the soul’s senses. Wondrous is the creative handiwork of God.

And multiplied are His thoughts! His creation came about by exquisite, careful design, and is sustained by sensible order. The making and moving of men is according to benevolent, purposeful, redemptive thought on the part of the Sovereign. He cares about us, reasons with us, and keeps us in His mind always. Vast is the sum of His thoughts, and precious! (Psalm 8:3-5; 139:1-6,17-18; Isaiah 1:18; Colossians 1:16-17)

Captivated with wonder at our incomparable, immeasurable God, and His innumerable deeds and thoughts, how can we, in humble praise, return His bounty? What if we would do the same? What if we trained ourselves to set aside impulse and thoughtless deeds, to delay reacting to people and situations, in order to think first? What could distinguish our outlook and demeanor if we took time to contemplate the Almighty and His wondrous ways? If we thought through and endeavored how to multiply them in speech and actions, how would our industry and interactions change?

And whom do we hold in our hearts? Whom do we pursue, to whom do we proclaim the glad news of His deliverance? How and where do we speak of His faithfulness and salvation, bringing comfort, hope, and a sense of value to those who are alone, in pain, or needing direction? It is our highest privilege, as recipients of God’s manifold grace and gifts, to pass them on freely, lavishly. (Philippians 1:7a)

When we meditate on His word and works among men, we recognize the Lord’s attributes and the worthiness of our obedience and devotion to Him. We cannot help but love His perfections and delight in His will. We will gladly speak of His faithfulness and practice our salvation with relevance and passion. What evidence of awe and delight do I portray in practical living?

Good Father, fill me with holy wonder and gladness. Multiply my thoughts of You and deeds that bring You glory.

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