Stand Still and Consider

“Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” [Job 37:14 NKJV] “Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things … He has not dealt with us according to our sins.” [Psalm 103:3-5, 10] Let us “Sing to Him … Talk of all His wondrous works!” [105:2]

Job was a man “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” [Job 1:1] Yet God let Satan bring devastating loss and debilitating illness upon Job because he feared God. In the closing chapters of the book, God reveals Himself as God, all-powerful, Creator, and holy. God, the LORD, is to be feared and worshiped.

Just before God reveals Himself, Job is given an exhortation:

“Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” [Job 37:14 NKJV]

This same call –stand still and consider the wondrous works of our God– comes also to us each day. It comes to those who believe in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and who fear and worship Him above all else. We are called to consider the wondrous works of God given to believers in the work of Christ. His greatest work for us was to pay the penalty of eternal death that our sin brought upon us. With Christ’s work God grants us forgiveness of our sin, iniquity, and transgressions.

David, the psalmist, gave this God praise for His great works of mercies and benefits. Be still and consider this wondrous work of which David sings.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good
things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  …

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive
with us,
Nor will He keep
His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.”
[Psalm 103:2-5, 8-10 NKJV]

After David extols multitudes of God’s mercies, grace, and wondrous works, he calls us in Psalm 105 to make them known through our lips: in thanks, talk and song!

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!”
[Psalm 105:1-2 NKJV]

God’s wondrous works are glorious to behold! Let us stand still and consider them. Let us instill them in our soul. Let us make them known with our lips.

“Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” [Job 37:14 NKJV] “Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things … He has not dealt with us according to our sins.” [Psalm 103:3-5, 10] Let us “Sing to Him … Talk of all His wondrous works!” [105:2]

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