The Wonder of God’s Love

The Wonder of God’s Love

August 2

Read: PSALM 17:1-7, 15

I often pray the prayers of the psalms, but I find Psalm 17 a bit of a stretch. I feel like the wrong person to pray, “My righteous plea,” “Though you test me, you will find nothing,” and “…my feet have not slipped.” But the key that unlocks this psalm for me is verse 7: “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes” (NIV).

Here is the wonder. Even though my pleas are not so righteous, and I have lots of faults, and my feet are often slipping, the findable God loves me. In Christ alone I can say, “In righteousness I will see your face” (v. 15).

The last dog I owned was the best dog ever. She was bright, obedient, and incredibly loyal. She validated the bumper sticker that says, “I want to be the person that my dog thinks I am.” Well, I want to be the person who God in his wonder sees.

Findable God, allow me, empower me today to be the person you see me to be and have made me to be. AMEN.

About the Author

Wayne Smith is a retired Covenant pastor who has served churches in Portland, Oregon; the Republic of Panama; Fairfield, Ohio; and Tacoma, Washington. He currently worships with the same church where he began to follow Christ—West Hills Covenant Church in Portland.

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  1. I am thankful for this online devotional. It is the first I’ve seen in quite some time. My church, FCC Oakland used to provide the booklet, but of course that is no longer possible, due to the pandemic shutdown. Please keep sharing the online version. Continue to be a blessing. Thank you, Carolyn and Phil Bateman

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