The Wonder-Working God
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
(Verse 3; Lesson: Psalm 96: 1-13)
Many people are fascinated to see ‘the seven wonders of the ancient world’ as the greatest and amazing works of humans, which is thousands of years old architectures. Expensive world tours are organized to see these massive constructions which are losing its grandeur slowly. Have we ever reflected on God’s wondrous works which He has done and is still doing? According to the Bible, God has chosen us, called us, and appointed us to be His servants. As servants, we are expected to declare God’s glory and His wonders to all the people.
Verse three of this week’s lesson says: “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”
The message of salvation should not be limited to a particular geographical area, caste, sect or creed but it should be shared to all people belonging to all nations because God has a concern for every individual. John Wesley, the founder of Methodist Church and the renowned preacher said, ‘I look upon the whole world as my parish.’ Great men and women of God who left their homes, careers, and comfort zone for the sake of Christ, they had only one agenda i.e. to proclaim God’s Work in God’s World through God’s Word. Someday every knee must bow (Phil 2:10) before this sovereign Lord, whose holiness is awesome. The Psalmist lists reasons to declare God’s glory and wonders. He asserts that the God of the bible should be greatly revered because (a) He is the saviour of the world (b) He is above all earthly gods and idols that are made up of metals and woods (c) honor and majesty precede Him, and strength and beauty wait on Him in His sanctuary (d) He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth (e) He judges the world with righteousness, and truth.
In other words, we are called to declare that God has the authority and power over everything: from invisible atoms to billions of galaxies; and through His righteousness and justice, He governs the whole system. Our zeal in declaring His glory depends upon our intimacy with Him. Anyone who acknowledges and appreciates God’s greatness, guardianship, and goodness will automatically declare His works, and make efforts to join others to magnify His name too. Paul in Romans 1:16 say, ‘for I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.’ The world needs Christ and Christ alone. It is the duty of every believer to take Christ to the whole world because, in Christ, God reconciles with the world. There are seven great wonders mentioned in the Bible that every Christian should know: (a) Creation of the cosmos by God’s Word– which includes planets, stars, earth, water, plants, animals etc. (b) Creation of Humans in the image and likeness of God (c) Call of Abraham and the formation of the nation Israel (d) Redemption of Israel from the slavery of Egyptians (e) Settlement of Israelites in the land of Canaan (f) God becoming flesh – Birth, Ministry, Death & Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ (g) Coming of the Holy Spirit, New Life in Christ and the establishment of the Church.
Our God, whom we worship, is always at work. He neither sleeps nor slumber but His eyes are always upon His people and His ears attentive towards their supplications. How fortunate are we to have God like this? Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working (John 5:17).” For whom our Triune God is tirelessly working? The breath we take, the new day we witness, the food we eat, the laws that govern the universe etc. although it looks small and insignificant, God is behind the functioning of every minute thing. He even knows the exact number of our hair which we don’t know and His security is so perfect that, He will never allow our foot to slip. Everything made by God is perfect and is immovable because His works are marvellous and His foundation is firm. In Vs. 10, Psalmist reminds us, Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved. From verses 11-13, Psalmist invites the whole family of creation with great rejoice should greet the Lord of the heaven and the Earth to be the ruler of the earth and the Lord of their lives. Isaac Watts, a famous hymn writer wrote a remarkable song Joy to the world…’ Interestingly, this song was not written as a Christmas carol but Isaac took some references from Psalm 96 and 98 and combined together in this hymn. The theme of this song reflects the scene at the second coming of Jesus Christ when the whole earth will be jubilant of the coming of the King. All creation will flourish when righteousness reigns on earth, when the curse will be replaced by blessing and earth will no longer groan. God has blessed us with numbers of gifts and talents and we should use it to declare of His faithfulness and wonders in this world. Let Christ be exalted through our lives. Each day we need to tell someone about God’s saving act.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.