Psalm 111: The Pleasure of Pondering

[A journal entry from just before we left for the Dominican Republic last Saturday morning]

Psalm 111:2-3 (NIV)
Great are the works of the LORD ;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.

Psalm 111 focuses throughout on the works of God. His works are great, and are pondered by all who delight in them. What does this last line mean? Does the pondering follow the delighting? Is delight the fruit of pondering? Do they cycle together? How does that work?

One commentator offers “worth studying” for “pondered.” As I come to recognize the beauty and pleasure of lingering on the works of God, I become more and more captured with a deep heart awareness of the goodness of His presence with me. He is not merely the God of ancient history. His great works are not limited to parting the Red Sea or miracles accomplished by Jesus. He does great work today. On any given day, if I let the Spirit open my eyes, I am a witness to remarkable works. I think of a recent retreat day I led in Orange County. I witnessed God meeting personally and practically with each one who came. The personal relationship each one affirmed as the heart of their Christian life was refreshed and deepened. It was remarkable. I don’t ever want to take such interventions of God for granted or lightly. They are worth studying! They are a delight.

Today, Father, my prayer is that Your Spirit would open wide my eyes to witness the great works You have planned for this day–in me, in those I care about, and all around me. I have a “to do” list for this day as I prepare for our Dominican trip, but it will not be nearly as fruitful or wonderful as it could be if I am not witnessing Your greater work in the midst. Thank You for how You will enable me to notice Your great works so that I can then ponder them. Amen!