LIVING IN LIGHT OF WONDROUS DEEDS
“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.”
Psalm 71:17 (ESV)
I have always been excited about history. It could be learning about the great empires, Columbus’s sailing of the ocean blue, the Founding Fathers, the World Wars, you name it. I was just hungry for more. Along with my interest in world history, I was greatly interested in the history of my family (and its place in history). I loved it when my father would tell me stories: about when a distant uncle got into a gun fight with a Hatfield (both lived!); when another relative (my namesake) met Booker T. Washington; my grandfather’s tales from fighting in the European Theater!
The ‘wondrous deeds’ that the psalmist mentions are the ‘great acts that [God] has done in Israel’s history, of which the [psalmist] has always been learning, learning to live by, and ‘always proclaiming.’1 It is not simply that the psalmist could list all of God’s deeds, but that he played a part in the continuing history of those deeds.
Like the psalmist, we should be acquainted with God’s deeds throughout history (our personal history), proclaiming them to the people of our time, and living redeemed lives.
Become more acquainted with His story! Now, that is something to be excited about!
Practical Application: Think about a family story and/or Google a historical event (for example, Great Awakening, Great Depression, “Tear down this wall!”). How has that past event affected the present? Can you see God’s hand in it all? Write a 500 word essay on your reflections (JUST KIDDING!).