The God of Great Wonders
Tuesday - August 18th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Psalm 77:13-15
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:21-26
You are the God of great wonders!
You demonstrate your awesome
power among the nations.
Psalm 77:14 (NLT)
Did you know that laid end to end, an adult's blood vessels could circle earth's equator four times? Were you aware that your mouth produces about one liter of saliva each day? Did you know that scientists estimate (they don't know an actual number) that your nose can recognize over a trillion different scents? Here is my personal favorite question about the human body: Did you know that your left lung has a 10% smaller capacity than your right lung?
A recent article in the National Geographic Kids Magazine shares about a dozen of these amazing facts regarding the human body. Our Creator incredibly and wonderfully made us. We are His handiwork. Often when life overwhelms me, I go to the Psalms that speak of God's amazing works of creation and His deep care for us as human beings. He knows all about us. He made us. When I step back and see the massive and beautiful fingerprints of His creative power, I gain assurance that He can help me through whatever trials I face.
In Psalm 77, Asaph, a director of the Temple choir under King David, expresses his heart's ache and loneliness. After he cries out, questioning why God does not intervene to provide relief and hope, Asaph chooses to focus on God's wonderful works in the past. He believes rehearsing God's faithfulness in the past will only help him lean more on God today. He declares before God that He is "the God of great wonders." Asaph says that in all of God's dealings with Israel among the nations of earth, God has shown Israel and the other nations His great power and might. "You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations" (Psalm 77:14).
When you look at the intricacies of the human body and how God designed it, do you step back in awe of your Creator? When you look at the details of our vast universe, do you sense your God's power and might? When you review God's faithfulness to His people in the Bible, do you see the incredible, trustworthy God with whom you walk each day? When you look at God's blessings throughout the ups and downs of your own life, do you find yourself leaning more into Him for hope, strength, and peace?
Asaph encourages us in all of our questions about life's struggles to declare that our God is "the God of great wonders!" We see His wonders in the smallest intricacies in how He made us, in the vastness of His creation, in His faithfulness to His followers, and in His kindness to us. Today, pray the three verses of Psalm 77:13-15 back to the Lord three or four times. Verbalize it--out loud. Allow the praise Asaph gives to our God to flow from your lips heavenward. Praise the Lord as "the God of great wonders!"
The God of great wonders can and will walk with you through the darkest times and deepest waters!