Wondrously show Your lovingkindness- Psalms 17:7
Something about that phrase the pulled me in, and I needed to know more. Don't be satisfied with a cursory reading of scripture. Dig deeper, and you will uncover costly and precious gems that the Father wants to give you today.
In Hebrew, the word used for "wondrously" is palah. But what caught my eye about this particular word was the meaning which was definitely not what I expected. Palah means:
To be distinct
To be distinguished
To be set apart, and of course,
Now the Hebrew word for lovingkindness is checed and it means just what I expected it to mean:
But what really got my attention about this special Hebrew word for lovingkindness is the very first use appears when Lot escapes a wicked and immoral city! Do you remember Lot? He was the nephew of Father Abraham, and his family ended up in what looked like a beautiful area on the outside, but on the inside the city of Sodom was teeming with wickedness! So God in His sovereignty made the decision to destroy two cities and deliver the nephew of Abraham. In all of this, Lot declared that God's lovingkindness was magnified towards him!!! Raise your hand if you want God's lovingkindness to be magnified in your life today. Both of my hands went up. Well if God was willing to magnify His lovingkindness to Lot, then He will absolutely do the same for you! And He did. When the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, God's love was magnified on the Cross, and all you have to do is accept that love for you. But so many reject and turn away from this magnification of God's love for the human race.
Yet for all who enter into covenant with the Father through the blood of Jesus, God begins to distinguish us from the rest of the world. Yep! That's what wondrous means...set apart, distinct, separated! And the world rejects this wondrous love that God shows His children. Right now, more than any time in my history, we are witnessing a world of "earth dwellers" who hate the distinctive marks of those who call themselves followers of Messiah Jesus! Yet, we are promised special protection from the One who calls us the apple of His eye. Here is my prayer for you today: