Immediately after The Lord saved me I was dumbstruck by the eradication of my sin. I felt the wonder of the lifting of the burden of my sin borne by Christ so life-giving; I could hardly get over it. As a long-time believer it is very easy to become unmoved by the grace and mercy that has been gifted to us by Christ. I was this way for years in the middle part of my life. I knew how gracious Christ had been toward me but I had lost the “awe” factor that I first had.
Several years ago The Lord taught me of His mercy and grace in such a way that I have remained in that first-love awe since. I pray that it will never cease to be this way. I was just introduced to a Christian songwriter, singer, and musician by the name of Matt Redman. He has a song named “Mercy” that is absolutely amazing. I tried to have a video of it here but was not permitted to share. On YouTube you can type in Matt Redman “Mercy” to hear it. Listen closely to the words. Be energized by the music. And then ask yourself: “Am I continually in awe of the wonder of God’s mercy towards me, the hell-deserving sinner that I am?” Here are the lyrics.
“I will kneel in the dust at the foot of the cross
Where mercy paid for me
Where the wrath I deserve, it is gone, it has passed
Your blood has hidden me.
Mercy, mercy, as endless as the sea
I’ll sing Your hallelujah, for all eternity.
We will lift up the cup and the bread we will break
Remembering Your love,
We were fallen from grace but You took all our shame
And nailed it to a cross
May I never lose the wonder, O the wonder of Your mercy,
May I sing Your hallelujah, hallelujah, A-men!”
Has life quenched in your heart the wonder of God’s mercy? Has the pressure of just making it one day at a time caused you to lose sight of the unimaginable depths and indescribable heights of divine mercy to a sinner such as you and I are? Are you dulled in your heart to the majesty of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ?
I’m reminded of a story I heard in college. They were the words of “Gipsy” Smith. Smith was a British evangelist who conducted evangelistic campaigns all over the United States and Great Britain for over 70 years. He was an early member of the Salvation Army.
Although I don’t find his theology or his evangelistic methods altogether acceptable, there is something he once said that I want you to consider.
A man once walked up to him after an evangelistic campaign and said, “I heard you speak 50 years ago and the Lord used your message to bring me to faith in Jesus Christ. But I have to ask: ‘How have you kept going for so long? You’ve been faithfully pursuing ministry for more than a half a century. How have you found the strength and motivation to keep going?’”
After just the slightest pause, Smith replied: “I never lost awe for the wonder of it all.”
My prayer for you and for myself is that we never lose our awe for the wonder of it all. I pray that the Spirit of God will sustain and preserve in our hearts an ever-increasing wonder for the majesty of God and the depths of His saving mercy. I pray that the Spirit of God will increase and deepen in our hearts a persistent wonder for the grace of the cross, Jesus Christ being centered, and the ever-expanding joy of heaven in the ages to come. May our fascination and excitement and awe for the wonder of God’s mercy never end!