Psalm 40: Don’t Judge God in Pieces

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” (Psalm 40:5)

Even for Christians, a battle rages in our hearts sometimes. We’re always evaluating our circumstances, what’s going on all around us, and trying to make sense of it. It’s tempting for us to decide that whatever went wrong or right today is evidence of God’s goodness (or lack of it).

ps40_350The problem with that is there’s just no way to evaluate what God is doing based on the events of any one day. It’s like deciding whether we like a picture by one piece of jigsaw puzzle from the box: “This piece is all black; what a lousy picture! What a lousy photographer!”

As David does here, we’ve got to pull ourselves out of the moment and look over our shoulders for evidence of God’s goodness. Start listing all the good things he’s done for you and for his people before you, and a beautiful image of God’s goodness starts to form.

Think: Are you ever tempted to judge God’s goodness by one day or one event in your life?

Pray: Thank God for all the wonders he has done in your life and the lives of others who have followed him. Ask him to help you to live with a grateful heart and an awareness of his great goodness.

Do: Start a Wonders List with a few evidences from your own life of God’s goodness.