God’s Most Wondrous Work

Psalm 111:4, He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered; Yahweh is gracious and merciful.

In all of history, God and His wondrous works stand out as most explicit. His wondrous works preoccupy our faith. His works are so wondrous that they even preoccupy the unbelief of atheists. So impossible is the existence of God that He is simultaneously the object of our faith and a stumbling block to unbelievers. His works are easily memorable, but these are not how He desires to be known.

Yahweh is His personal name, thus He becomes personal to His creatures—He gives an invitational relationship. All of our names are personal. The moment we introduce ourselves with our name—whether professional, familial, or civic—we are inviting that person into a relationship with us, and one that is often specific.

To my co-workers, I say, “Hi, I’m Garrick,” and invite them into a harmonious, professional relationship that is ethically personal. To new friends, I say, “Hi, I’m Ricky,” and invite them into a loving relationship that is friendly, civically, pastorally, and familially personal, respectively.

Amazingly, we know God’s personal name: Yahweh. He could have left it at simply Elohim (God). Instead, He willingly gives His personal name: Yahweh. All throughout Scripture, He says, “Hi, I am Yahweh, and I am gracious and merciful.” Indeed, He shows this in His wondrous works. Even as He enacted justice with His wrath—as is always deserved—He chooses to be gracious and merciful.

He judged Israel and the nations with His wrath, yet promised to restore Israel and include the Gentile (non-Jewish) nations (cf. Romans 11:11-24), which all come together as a single nation in Christ, upon whom God laid His wrath to spare us from His judgement. Indeed, Yahweh is gracious and merciful, His most wondrous work the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to work salvation for all.

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