“I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.”
(Psalm 77:11-14 ESV)
Do you think about the miracles of God, especially those recorded in the Scriptures? Do you think about how God spoke the creation into
existence? Of the special creation of mankind in the image of God? Can you picture the great flood and the creatures on the ark? Do you marvel at the deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt by great power and signs, by the parting of the Red Sea, by the pillar of cloud and light, by the daily manna coming each day as the dew?
Do you ponder the wondrous works of Elijah and Elisha in their ministry as prophets? Do you think about the remarkable deliverance of God’s people from their enemies, and the return of Judah to their land after their exile in Babylon? Is it significant to you that the Jewish people, along with the Scriptures that God gave them, have been preserved for thousands of years?
And the coming of our Lord Jesus… how wondrous! Born of a virgin, truly man and truly God (in one Person), heralded by angels, seen by shepherds, and visited by wise men guided by a star… Can you see the water turned to wine, the lepers healed with a touch, the blind seeing, thousands fed, a storm stilled, Jesus walking upon the water, a miraculous catch of fish, demons cast out, and the dead raised? Do you marvel that he said, “little girl, I say to you, ‘Arise’.” And then he took her by the hand and made sure she had something to eat. And Lazarus, raised after four days entombed, raised by the power of Jesus’ word? “I am the resurrection and the life…” On the third day he himself arose, gloriously and incorruptibly, speaking kind words to Mary, walking with discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus, showing his hands and side to skeptical Thomas. “My Lord and my God!” …is this what we say, too?
People, even believers, can be forgetful of the works of God. Here are some selections from Psalms, reminding us to remind ourselves of God’s glorious works…
“They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.” (Psalm 78:11 ESV)
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3 ESV)
“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered…” (Psalm 105:5 ESV)
“Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea… they soon forgot his works… They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea…” (Psalm 106:7, 13, 21-22 ESV)
“Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” (Psalm 107:15, cf. v. 21, 24, 31)
“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.” (Psalm 111:2 ESV)
The great works and wonders of the Lord — ponder them, meditate on them, remember them, declare them, don’t forget them, give thanks to God for them, delight in them, and study them! “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”