"O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things." (Psalm 98:1)
At some point each of us has had to ask, "Is God real? Is there even a God?" This doubt and concern is not a sin. Everyone who is honest with themselves and takes their faith seriously has asked these and other related questions. The key is finding answers that speak to one's soul.
The psalmist addresses his/her doubt by seeking to answer the question, "What marvelous things has God done?" The psalmist remembers Biblical history, with the Egyptian exodus event and the new exodus in Babylon. These were two examples of God's marvelous works that brought healing and salvation for the chosen people.
What are some marvelous works God has done in your life? The advances in Civil Rights and Apartheid are two examples that readily come to mind. There were certainly times in the United States and in South Africa when these corrupt systems were thought to be invincible. Yet, God's justice and righteousness were more powerful and effective.
You need to ask what marvelous works have taken place in your own life. There are any number of forks in the road of my life, where it could have gone wrong. But, each time God provided a more blessed path to walk. I shouldn't have had the opportunity for college. The right adults supported and guided my journey to seminary. I was blessed with a wife who supported and sacrificed for my ministry.
In your prayers today, contemplate the marvelous works God performed in the world and in your personal life. Look back on your life, and name some of the moments when you can acknowledge God's moving you through the labyrinth of confusion and conflict. Then, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for God's generous care for you. God's justice and righteousness bring salvation to the world and salvation to our lives. Rejoice in the life God has given you.