Spurgeon: January PM* 01/26/PM
"All they that heard it wondered at those things."
We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God.
It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder
and real worship ; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the
majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in
song, or even utter its voice with bowed head in humble prayer,
yet it silently adores. Our incarnate God is to be worshipped
as "the Wonderful." That God should consider His fallen
creature, man, and instead of sweeping him away with the besom
of destruction, should Himself undertake to be man's Redeemer,
and to pay his ransom price, is, indeed marvellous! But to
each believer redemption is most marvellous as he views it in
relation to himself. It is a miracle of grace indeed, that
Jesus should forsake the thrones and royalties above, to suffer
ignominiously below for you . Let your soul lose itself in
wonder, for wonder is in this way a very practical emotion.
Holy wonder will lead you to grateful worship and heartfelt
thanksgiving . It will cause within you godly watchfulness ;
you will be afraid to sin against such a love as this. Feeling
the presence of the mighty God in the gift of His dear Son, you
will put off your shoes from off your feet, because the place
whereon you stand is holy ground. You will be moved at the same
time to glorious hope . If Jesus has done such marvellous
things on your behalf, you will feel that heaven itself is not
too great for your expectation. Who can be astonished at
anything, when he has once been astonished at the manger and
the cross? What is there wonderful left after one has seen the
Saviour? Dear reader, it may be that from the quietness and
solitariness of your life, you are scarcely able to imitate the
shepherds of Bethlehem, who told what they had seen and heard,
but you can, at least, fill up the circle of the worshippers
before the throne, by wondering at what God has done.