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What Wonders Are For Today? 091711

 

Psalm praises God for the wonders he has created. If, two thousand years from now people sing the praises of God as we have written them, what will they say?

 

What wonders do we see in God’s world? What wonders will we sing of that came from God?

 

My great-grandmother Sophia claimed the greatest thing God had inspired humans to make was window screen wire. She thought it was wonderful that the wire kept the flies out of her babies’ eyes (She had 13 that lived beyond birth and ‘took in’ dozens of others that were orphans). She read the Bible every day and lived to 105 years old.

 

Returning to our question however, what will you and I see as wonderful? If we live to 105 and pray every day and read the Bible every day, what wonders will we think God has made, and what New Psalms will we write and sing?

 

Peace,

(brother) Bill

 

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Exodus 16:22-30

Matthew 19:23-30

Psalm 105

1O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.

2Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

3Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.

5Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

6O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

37Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold, and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.

38Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it.

39He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night.

40They asked, and he brought quails, and gave them food from heaven in abundance.

41He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river.

42For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant.

43So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.

44He gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,

45that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord!

Exodus 16:22-30

22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers apiece. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord; bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.’“ 24So they put it aside until morning, as Moses commanded them; and it did not become foul, and there were no worms in it. 25Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is a sabbath, there will be none.” 27On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none. 28The Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions? 29See! The Lord has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you food for two days; each of you stay where you are; do not leave your place on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day.

Matthew 19:23-30

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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