I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O Savior of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at your right hand. —Psalm 17:6-7
Marvelous in its antiquity, its distinguishing character, its faithfulness, its immutability, and above all, marvelous in the wonders which it works. That marvelous grace which has redeemed us with the precious blood of God’s only begotten, is here invoked to come to the rescue. That grace is sometimes hidden; the text says, “SHOW it.” Present enjoyments of divine love are matchless cordials to support fainting hearts. Believer, what a prayer is this! Consider it well.
- O Lord, show thy marvelous lovingkindness;
- show it to my intellect, and remove my ignorance;
- show it to my heart, and revive my gratitude;
- show it to my faith, and renew my confidence;
- show it to my experience, and deliver me from all my fears.
I was reminded of the old hymn by the Norwegian composer, Haldor Lillenas, “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”, here sung by the Cathedrals:
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, All sufficient grace for even me; Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame; O magnify the precious Name of Jesus, Praise His Name!