You are the God who works wonders.
My reading through the Psalms these days all seems rather timely. Today, I read through chapter 77, titled: Confidence in a Time of Crisis.
Well, that certainly seems to be where we are.
God deserves our praise, even in the middle of difficult moments, and rightly so. But notice where the Psalmist starts: He doesn’t just jump right into praise. He talks about what’s going on, he expresses his hurt, his confusion, his trouble, and his weakness. He even asks, “Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor” (v. 7)?
It’s important to approach God with reverence and love of who He is no matter what’s going on in the world. Still, we can also choose to be honest with Him, to lovingly and respectfully say: Father, I’m struggling. I don’t understand what’s happening. I’m a little unnerved. I’m worried about friends and family. I’m not sure what will happen with my job. “My spirit becomes weak” (v. 3).
Like the Psalmist, though, as we talk with God openly and honestly, we remember and we refocus our eyes on Him. We remember who He is and what He has already done for us. We remember that our God is the God who works wonders.
He is the God who created the entire universe.
He is the God who set the captives free.
He is the God who held back the waters so His people could cross on dry land.
He is the God who brought down the enemy’s walls.
He is the God who sends rain in the draught.
He is the God who crowned a Shepherd boy as king and overcomer of giants.
He is the God who makes the dry bones live.
He is the God who is with His people, even in the flames, and keeps them from being burned.
He is the God who shuts the mouths of hungry lions and makes the powerless powerful.
He is the God of David.
He is the God who sends His own Son to save His people.
He is the God who heals the sick, raises the dead, and makes a way.
He is the God who redeems.
He is the God over all, including you and me.
And He is not a God in crisis, even if we are.
No, He is still the God of wonders.
No matter how much we may ask, “God where are you in all of this?” No matter how much we may wonder what His plan is in the middle of so much uncertainty, we have to remember who He is.
He is the God of wonders.
What does it mean to say He is the God of wonders? Simply put: He is the God of extraordinary and mysterious things.
And, as Charles Spurgeon said, “Here is renewed reason for holy confidence” (emphasis mine).
So, with bold and holy confidence, we trust in the strength of our God who still works wonders every day—in our hearts and in our world.
Charles H Spurgeon (2019). (p. 327). Crossway Classic Commentaries: Psalms, Vol. 1. Retrieved from https://app.wordsearchbible.com.