Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Presence of Wonder"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Presence of Wonder, given on July 1, 2018.


“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them” (Psalm 111:2).

Take a minute and talk about some of God’s marvelous works and how they made you feel when you experienced them. Notice that when we behold God’s great works, we feel a deep sense of wonder. Wonder is that complete amazement or feeling of excited admiration when we experience something awesome and mysterious.

On Sunday, CJ invited us to join King David in beholding a wonder of wonders: the truth that God loves to immediately forgive our rebellion against his holy law whenever we confess our sins to Him. Upon confessing his sins, David felt his burden lifted, his guilt covered, and he celebrated that God would never recall those sins ever again. David was so deeply moved by the wonder of forgiveness that he wrote Psalm 32 so that others could experience it too!

Read Psalm 32

  • CJ pointed out that there are two ways to deal with the conviction of sin. We can either conceal our sin or we can confess our sin. What parts of David’s experience motivate you to confess sin quickly?
  • How does God express his fatherly care when we don’t confess our sin? When        we do confess our sin?
  • David wants you to be honest with yourself. Psalm 32 is a penitential psalm calling you to examine your soul. Applying the psalm to yourself, do you identify with David’s joy over forgiven sin or David’s grief over concealed sin? What might God be revealing to you? How do we remain in constant wonder at God’s forgiveness?
  • Take time to pray together thanking God for the wonder of forgiveness through the cross of Christ.


[Post by Chris Coupland]