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Monday, December 23, 2013

Quiet Time: Wonderful


Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. - Psalm 119:18

Wonderful is a weighty word.

It’s been used to title everything from an iconic Christmas classic  “It’s a Wonderful Life” to a little known song of the 1990s titled “Wonderful” by the band Everclear (actually, check the song out on YouTube, the music video is a bit puerile, but the lyrics are solid) Art Alexakis, the band’s song writer has a sad back story with a good ending, somewhat like the plot from “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Wonderful: 1. exciting a feeling of wonder; marvelous or strange. 2. Extremely fine; excellent.

I don’t know about you, but if that’s the definition of “wonderful” I think it is a bit of a yawn.  So, I wanted to see what the bible calls “wonderful” and here’s my short list:


GOD the Father:
Counsel is wonderful (Isaiah 28:29) to be surpassing or extraordinary
Statutes & Laws are wonderful (Psalm 119:129) a wonder
Deeds for mankind; the things He does are wonderful (1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 107:15 & 21 ;) a sign; extraordinary
Presence too wonderful to understand (Psalm 139:6) incomprehensible

Deeds for mankind are wonderful (Matthew 21:15; Luke 13:17) moving a person from within; glorious, splendid, distinguished
Is a Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) Extraordinary, hard to be understood, marvelous

In short, God’s counsel through His word, ways, and presence surpass anything humanly reproducible  or explicit. Furthermore, Jesus humanly reproduces and exemplifies God’s word ,, ways, and presence for mankind to see.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord makes life wonderful regardless of the back story.

Wonderful is found in a person – Jesus.

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