Praise the Lord. I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
We aren’t told who wrote this Psalm, but whoever he was sure appreciated all the things our God has done. He so greatly appreciated “the works of the Lord” that he spent time pondering them! That means he would have spent time pondering the awesome power our God displayed when he created the universe out of nothing. It probably also means he spent time pondering his God’s power over the things he created. Like when he divided the Red Sea and held it open so his people could walk through on dry land—not allowing those massive walls of water crash down until the Egyptian army was squarely in their sights.
If you spend some honest time pondering the “works of the Lord” you’ll probably end up feeling pretty small—even weak and helpless. If you spend some honest time pondering the “works of the Lord” I think you’ll find there is only one conclusion that can be made. The Lord’s works are GREAT! They are GLORIOUS and MAJESTIC! They display his awesome power to create and they display his incomprehensible ability to interact with what he has created.
And yet as amazing as all the works of the Lord are, there is one work of the Lord that stands out from all the rest. It’s a work that this Psalm writer would have known about, but only in part. It’s a work that would prove to be a blessing for all nations on earth.
It would begin with one of Abraham’s descendants giving birth to a baby boy in a small town called Bethlehem. It would drag on for over 30 years while promise after promise—detail after detail was fulfilled. It would seem to end one Friday on a hill outside Jerusalem when that baby boy, now grown, would be pierced for the transgressions of all people and crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that we deserve on account of our sins would be placed upon this man. And by his wounds we would be healed.
This lifeless corpse was laid to rest that Friday evening—and on Saturday nothing had changed. But on Sunday EVERYTHING changed. The one who was dead was now alive! Where this work seemed to end proved to be only the beginning!
The Lord’s plan to rescue his most prized creation from the mess they got themselves into was now complete. Your sins of _________ — my sins of _________ — every imperfection that kept us separated from our perfect God was paid for in full! Nothing separates us from God any longer!
You may not feel you fully understand what that means while living on this earth. But when you leave this earth and find yourself standing in the presence of God in his kingdom, you’ll understand how great the works of the Lord really are!
“He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.”
Blessings on the rest of your week!