Wonderful Jesus

Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

His name shall be called Wonderful, because He is Wonderful. Nothing in Him falls short of Wonderful. Even as believers we do not recognize the extent of how Wonderful He is. Unbelievers have no clue. When He comes into our heart and life the thing that is most Wonderful comes in.

Psalms 40:5: Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Because He is Wonderful His works are Wonderful . . . all of them. It is Wonderful that He thinks about us at all. If you read the sentence correctly, it means He has many thoughts of us, more than we can count. I like to plug my name into verses like this. It is correct to do so. I encourage you to do it too.

Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to Ron-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Psalms 107:8: Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

When we praise the Lord for His goodness and His works it is the only time we are speaking what we ought to speak. Praising God is the highest use of speech. All other speech -- everything else that we say -- is common and unworthy by comparison. Everything else we say is inferior and less important, even the good or neutral things we say. Many things we say can actually be derogatory to God, insulting, blasphemy, vanity.

Exodus 20:7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

There are a multitude of ways to take the Lord*s name in vain. Speaking, thinking or acting as if the Lord*s name or His person are anything less than Wonderful is using His name in vain. Vain can mean evil, idolatrous, useless or false. People use His name in vain when they speak evil of Him or when they attribute the good qualities that are exclusively His to someone or something else. They use His name in vain when they speak useless or unimportant things about Him. And of course, they use His name in vain when they speak falsely of Him. We ought to be respectful of Him in our speech. We ought to be careful to know truth about Him before we dare to speak anything about Him.

Matthew 12:36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

We were created to praise, worship and please Him. He deserves our worship, praise and obedience because He is Wonderful. We owe those things to Him. Not to give those things to Him is like refusing to pay a debt. It is like stealing something that belongs to Him. When we do not fulfill the purposes for which we were created we sin and we displease God and we harm ourselves. We become something less than He wants us to be. We become unnatural. We become increasingly abnormal. We become unfulfilled. We become smaller with every sin. We become harder with every sin. We demonstrate by our words and our actions that we do not believe that He is Wonderful. We demonstrate that we do not have faith in Him.

Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.

Psalms 111:4: He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Because He is Wonderful He deserves to have our whole lives. Because He is Wonderful He can do wonderful things with them. The most perfect form of worship is to give ourselves and our lives to Him. The truest demonstration of faith is to give our lives to Him. Controlling our own lives could never be called wonderful. We botch things up. God is immeasurably better at running our lives than we are. Trying to maintain control of our own lives is a little like telling God I can do a better job of running my life than you can. We demonstrate that we know and believe He is Wonderful by committing our lives to Him.

Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

If He is not Wonderful to you, you are not a Christian. One of the first things that changed about me when I became a Christian was a burning in my heart when I heard His name used in vain. If you are not troubled when others belittle Him you are probably not a Christian.

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