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Amazing…

How
amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who
delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:2
Amazing?  Amazing is a word that expresses wonder,
astonishment and amazement.  Something
that is unexpected. This is a word I do not hear often. The verse at the top of
the page intrigues me.  When a person is
weak and lives in the strength of the Lord, that person is amazing because of
the humility and willingness to trust God and live in His Will.
There
is God’s Word and man’s word. A man’s word used to mean a great deal.  My father-in-law, Rufus Edgar Combs, recorded
the meaning of a man’s word while buying mules. 
At the age of 13, Rufus was in charge of the farm and his family in 1900
AD.  His father was dying of cancer. ( http://www.combs-families.org/combs/ms/rufus/c-rufus2.htm
)

Finally I got up courage enough and said, if you make up the note
and mortgage for me, I will sign it and be on my way. He said, “We don’t do
that away out in this country. You go on and take the mules home with you and
this fall when you sell your cotton, you come pay me.” I couldn’t hardly
believe my ears. About the only thing to do was get started with the mules down
on the road. I felt like I stole them. I took them home and broke them.
In a month or two I seen my Uncle and told him what happened. I
got the mules all right. I told him to make out a note and I would sign it, and
he said we don’t do that way out here. And he said, “You just take the mules on
home and when you get your crop, why come pay me.”
My Uncle said, yes, that’s the way we do things out here in the
west. If a man’s word ain’t no good, and his name ain’t good, what’s the use of
wasting all the paper? I says, “What happened if I sold everything and the
mules and took the money and left the country?” He said, “Oh, that’s what t’
got the mesquite trees and lariat ropes for, for those kind of guys.”

The
papers in my filing cabinet attest to the loss of the value of a man’s word in
this day and age.   Then I read this
verse in Psalm 111… How amazing are the
deeds of the Lord!
What
are God’s deeds and what do they portray? 
Are they indeed amazing? The Lord’s deeds began with Creation that He
spoke into existence.  The time, light
and darkness, the water and the air, the land and the sea, man and animals were
all created by our Lord.  No matter how
what part of creation that I see, discover and study, all I can say over and
over  a breath of prayer – Amazing!  Amazing is our Lord.
Why
would God, Our Lord, go to so much trouble? 
Because He wants the very best for the children he created.  The second part of the verse is: 
All who delight in him
should ponder them.  God presides over
the

birth of each new child. 
You watched me as I was being
formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You
saw me before I was born”.  Psalm
139:15-16s
He watches over the sparrow. “But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground
without your Father knowing it”
Matthew
10:29b
He sets the seasons. Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from
the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days and years.” Genesis 1:14
God gives abilities to his children to create and
build. 
“The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the
other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task
involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the
Tabernacle, just as the Lord has
commanded.” Exodus 36:1
The
second part of the verse divides his people into those who delight in God and
those who do not.  When God’s amazing
power and love envelopes us, we find ourselves finding his beauty all around
us, then we delight in Him.  We expect
the impossible and search for the enriching words from His Word.  We pray His Words that express his incredible
love.  We ponder how He was able to allow
His Son, Jesus, to descend to the earth He created.  We ponder the incredible and amazing gift
Jesus gave us when He died, beaten and crushed, on the cross.  We ponder the gift of resurrection when God
raised His Son and left an empty tomb. 
We ponder how the disciples greeted their Master after the resurrection.  We gaze with His disciples as they watched
Jesus taken up into the sky. 
Then
I read Deuteronomy 29:2-4 – Moses
summoned all the Israelites and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes
everything the Lord did
in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to his whole
country— all the great tests of strength, the miraculous
signs, and the amazing wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you minds that
understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear!
About
a month before she died, Mother asked if I could see the angel sitting in her
bedroom by the head of the bed.  I did not
see an angel.  But Mother did.  She knew God’s presence was there in that
room.  God’s presence.  As my Dad stepped into Heaven, he
smiled.  It was then I realized the
reality of God’s Presence, His Love, and the Peace that is ours that is so
amazing.  I ponder His Word and I delight
in His faithful forever love.
His
final gift to us can only be described as Amazing
Love through His Amazing Grace
.
The
lyrics from two songs last Sunday…
“He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and
mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by
glory, And I realize just how beautiful You are, And how great your affections
are
for me.
And oh, how He loves us,
oh, Oh, how He loves us, How He loves us all.”
(John M McMillan)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpEKI-F1PA
“You make beautiful
things, You make beautiful things out of 
dust. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us.
 (Gungor) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDNi5eCigqw
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