Provoking Praise – Part 3


When God speaks to us, EVERY word is masterfully important, even the prepositions.

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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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Again today I bring your attention to begin our conversation to one word in our Text for Today.  The word is “for.”  In our Text for Today, the word “for” could just as easily and accurately be replaced by “because.”  The word “for” is bring used to transition into stating WHY the opening statement, “I will praise Thee,” is made.  We could accurately say, “I will praise Thee because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Now place yourself in our Text for Today as though you were the actual speaker (and in truth, you should be the one offering this testimony).  In fact, it would be good if you were to go ahead and say it right now.  “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  And there, my friend, are two very powerful words – “fearfully“ and “wonderfully.”  In the Hebrew language they mean “revered” and “distinguished.”  Take a moment and read our Text for Today replacing “fearfully” with “revered,” and “wonderfully” with “distinguished.”  Now you would read, “I will praise Thee, for I am made to be revered and distinguished.”  Do you see it?  Your heavenly Father, the great Creator God of the universe, the Eternal of the ages, Jehovah, made you in His image, designed to be like Him, shaped with His Own hands, to be “revered” and “distinguished.”  How, after reading this, could anyone ever think of themselves as less than who El Shaddai made them to be?  Such thinking is, in reality, totally ludicrous, if not insane.  Yes, those are strong words, but to deny what God has said about who He made you to be is just that . . . ludicrous and insane.

Oh, my dear reader, I beg you to “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  Never again allow yourself the foolish luxury of thinking yourself to be less than who God says you are.  Rise up and take on the identity He designed for you, and for which He paid the awesome price of His Own Son on the cross.  Yes, it will likely take a determined effort of faith committed to the work of renewing your mind, but stop for a moment and consider the ROI (Return OInvestment) for taking on such a labor of love.  And a labor of love it surely is.  For God so loved you as a sinner that He paid Jesus to redeem you and call you “revered” and “distinguished.”  To think this way is NOT insane, but is, in truth, thinking with the mind of Christ.

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; Philippians 2:1-11