I’ve always been a curious person — curious meaning “a desire to learn or know,” not curious meaning “strange” (although some might argue with that). My mind is always “wondering” about something.
Here are some things I wonder about:
- If corn oil comes from corn … where does baby oil come from?
- How do they get deer to cross at those yellow Deer crossing signs?
- Why do kamikaze pilots bother to wear helmets?
- Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?
- If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
- And this one really gets me …..What do they use to ship Styrofoam? *
In recent months, I’ve wondered over things far more serious.
- I wonder how God could love me.
- I wonder that Jesus chose to “empty” Himself and become a servant (Philippians 2:7-8).
- I wonder that the Savior, ruler of all creation, chose to live within His creation to save us.
- I wonder what the angels thought when they saw the Lord of Hosts on a cross (1 Peter 1:12).
- I wonder that the Church is still alive and well—especially in third-world countries (Matthew 16:18).
- I wonder that the Holy Spirit doesn’t get so sick of indwelling me (John 15:26), He doesn’t “pack up” and leave.
- I wonder that all Creation points back to a Creator (Psalm 19:1; Colossians 1:16) … and I wonder how man could miss that.
- I wonder what our praises will sound like before the throne (Revelation 15:3-4).
God created us with the capacity to wonder over Him and His wonderful acts … wonder that leads to worship.
I love King David’s prayer-song, written for Asaph and his brothers to offer regularly before the Ark of the Covenant. And as my heart swells with wonder — love, reverence, awe, healthy fear, and worship before Him – I offer these words to you.
Linger over these words … allow your heart to swell with wonder too:
“…give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done … tell of all his WONDERful acts. Glory in his holy name … Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the WONDERS he has done, his miracles … great is the Lord and most worthy of praise… all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place … Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness … Praise be to the Lord …. “ [excerpts from 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, emphasis mine]
As David finished his prayer-song, “all the people said, ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord.'”
Indeed. Amen! Praise the Lord!
What causes you to wonder and praise over our awesome, WONDERful God today?
* Humor, some attributed to comedian Steven Wright
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