It is easy to see how marveling can be a precursor to worship. Luke 4:32 tells us that the response of Jesus’ listeners to His words was that “they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” Marveling is not something we do while multitasking. It engages the observer’s full attention and evokes an emotional response. When last did you or I stop to marvel at God’s gracious words or works?
“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works” (Psalm 9:1). “Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city” (Psalm 31:21). “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done” (Psalm 105:5a). “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:22–23). “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9–10). “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty” (Revelation 15:3).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: Remember His marvellous works.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (June 8 reading).]