Provoking Praise – Part 2


Each of us should be agents of spiritual provocation toward good works.

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Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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Have you come to the place of knowing “right well” that God is perfect, pure, holy, and love?  Today, we look at the phrase in our Text for Today that leads to the foundational statement of the whole text.  We come to a description of what the “soul knoweth right well.”  Look at it closely.  “…marvelous are Thy works.”  When I read or hear passages from the Scriptures that speak of Father’s grandeur, holiness, glory, power, majesty, might, and all His wonderful virtue, I am reminded of a statement I heard many years ago from a very dear, well-known, black lady minister.  She called herself Rev Ev.  She was a strong woman of God, spoke a powerful word of faith, and exuded the presence of the Lord all about her.  I had the honor of singing for her opening some of her services in my hometown.  I will never forget her plain, but passionate and poignant statement.  She said, “God don’t make junk . . . He just deal in it.”  How right she was!

Everyone you know was, before they came to Jesus, unworthy of anything good from God.  But in the eyes of God, though unworthy, they were certainly not worthless.  It is for people that were unworthy that Jesus came and paid the price He paid.  I was one of those unworthy ones, and you were, too.  We all fall into that category.  Likewise, we all were considered worth the price Father paid for us, and His Name was Jesus.  My dear friend, if we can write songs, poems, and books about the grandeur of all the works of God we call marvelous; the heavens and the earth, the stars and planets, and all the beauty that we can behold in nature, all these being things He created with the words of His mouth, of how much greater grandeur, how much more marvelous are we.  You see, you and I were not created by the words of His mouth.  Our God, along with Jesus and Holy Ghost, stooped down, molded man one piece at a time, one organ, one bone, one tooth, one muscle, one tendon, one ligament, one blood vessel . . . one piece at a time, put him together, stood him up, and breathed life into him.  And man became a living soul.  How marvelous is that!  I tell you, my friend, the man God made for Himself, to be His son, His friend, to be the recipient of His love, grace, presence, gifts, and life is far more glorious than any other part of His great creation.  His works, our Father’s works, all His works are marvelous indeed.  And the crowning glory of it all was His man, and the seed that followed from him; you and I.  True humility will acknowledge this, and live to honor Him Who made us.

Manna for Today – Psalm 139; Psalm 150:6; Psalm 8:2; Hebrews 13:15; James 1:2-8; Romans 12:2; Nehemiah 8:10; 3 John 2; James 1:17; Genesis 1:1; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8