Your Word Is Wonderful

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Your decrees are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced. I pant with open mouth because I long for Your commands. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is [Your] practice toward those who love Your name. Make my steps steady through Your promise; don’t let sin dominate me. Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts. Show favor to Your servant, and teach me Your statutes. My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your instruction (Psalm 119 vv. 129-136).

God’s Word is wonderful—marvelous, extraordinary, remarkable! The word wonderful literally means “to generate wonder.” Even the simple, the unintelligent, the uneducated can grasp it’s truth when instructed by the Holy Spirit. Its inspiration exceeds that of Shakespeare, Mozart, Milton, Bach, and the greatest poets and composers who have ever lived.

So amazing is the power of these statutes and commands that the psalmist opens his mouth and “pants” for understanding. His deep personal longing for the truth is like gasping for breath after running the Boston Marathon.

As I read these verses, I’m reminded of “Wonderful Words of Life,” Dad’s theme song for the Word of Life Hour. I grew up hearing it.

Personal Prayer

O Lord, teach me to love your truth and see the wonder of your words!

A Wonderful Gospel Song

Wonderful Words of Life

Sing them over again to me,

Wonderful words of life;

Let me more of their beauty see,

Wonderful words of life.

Words of life and beauty,

Teach me faith and duty:

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Wonderful words of life.

Words and music by Philip P. Bliss.

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