Do you know the hymn, written by George Beverly Shea, entitled ‘The Wonder of it All’? Bev Shea, who lived to the wonderful age of 104, was asked by a journalist in London what it was like seeing all those thousands of people walking the aisles, all wanting to receive new life in Jesus Christ. How did it feel? Bev Shea thought a moment and responded by saying, ‘Ah, the wonder of it all!’ That phrase was the seed planted which grew into this hymn.
Reading Psalm 71, I sense that same flavor of excitement over what God has done and is now doing. Verse 16–‘I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.’ All those marvels in God’s creation. The harmony, the wildness, the beauty and order. Majestic mountains. Colorful trees and plants. Rivers, streams and oceans constantly on the move. You can think forever about God’s creation. His ‘mighty acts’.
And then, in verse 15– how right He is. ‘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 the Lord–‘But as for me…'(v.14). He has made that decision as we have when we come to Jesus for salvation. No waffling. All in. Nothing held back. He then says, ‘…I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more…'(v.14).
He’s made the right decision. One he will never regret. Verse 15 says, ‘…though I know not its measure’. Even though he can’t figure it out, can’t have all his questions answered to his complete satisfaction, though he ‘sees through a glass darkly'(1 Cor. 13:12) and may only have the faith of a tiny mustard seed; nevertheless, he will praise the Lord for all God’s rightness… and the majesty of His creation.
I may not be the most articulate person around, may not write the best devotionals, may not be the sharpest knife in God’s drawer or the cleanest saint that’s ever lived, but I do know the Lord of all. So can you through faith in Jesus Christ. Not so much what we know, as who. I know that Jesus is the way to salvation, the path to forgiveness, and the only and best way to live in this crazy world! Try Him…you’ll like Him! I have and I do!
Prayer: To know you, Jesus, is to love you. And we do. We love you from the bottom of our hearts. Amen.