THE WONDER OF IT ALL! Read Psalm 71

I love that hymn by George Beverly Shea entitled ‘The Wonder of It All’.  Bev Shea, who went to be with the Lord last year at the age of 104, was asked by a journalist what it was like for him seeing all those people responding to the Gospel invitation of Billy Graham, people streaming down the aisles to accept Jesus Christ into their lives.  The question came to Bev Shea–what did it feel like to witness that?  He responded by saying, ‘ah, the wonder of it all’.  And that phrase gave him the idea for his hymn.  I think Psalm 71 has that same flavor of excitement over what God has done and is doing.  The Psalmist  says in verse 16–‘I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.’  Think about all the wonders of God’s creation, all the majesty of the hills and mountains, the beautiful flowers and trees, the moving rivers and streams.  You can think forever of the wonders of God’s creation, His mighty acts.  And, then, how right He is, how true and open and accessible is our God.  The word used in the Bible is ‘righteous’.  And so He is!  Verse 15–‘My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long…’  Like falling in love thinking only about that other person. All you can talk about, all you imagine is that loved one.  The Psalmist has committed himself to God–‘But as for me…’ (:14).  He has made that decision, no waffling with him.  He says ‘I will always have hope;  I will praise you more and more…’  Nothing double-minded about this man.  He’s committed…to the Lord.  He’s all in, nothing held back.  ‘But as for me…I will…I will.’ You can just feel his confidence in the Lord.  He’s made the right decision in life.  No doubt about it.  None whatsoever.  And I love that next phrase in verse 15–‘though I know not its measure.’  Even though he can’t figure it all out, can’t have all his questions answered to his complete satisfaction, though he sees through a glass darkly and may only have the faith of a tiny mustard seed; nevertheless, he’ll praised the Lord for all the righteousness of God and all the wonders of salvation given to us in Jesus Christ.  I  may not be the most articulate person around, I may not have a lot of answers, I may not be the sharpest knife in God’s drawer or the cleanest saint that’s ever lived, but what I do know is that the Lord alone is God,  that He sent His only Son to die for us, to forgive us, to give us life eternal.  That much I do know and that much I will gladly share with others.  Tell others…tell as best you can and God will do the rest.  ‘But as for me…I will…I will…!

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