Scripture contains many words to describe God. They occur throughout the Bible. In Psalm 36 four short sentences contain four words to describe God’s greatness: Love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice. Then, there is one short phrase that tells us how He applies those characteristics that describe Him: He preserves all He has created. Because of His character, God holds all of His creation together. Creation is through Him and because of Him and was designed to honor glorify Him.
What is so interesting here is that within a few verses David moves from the darkness that possesses the human heart to the light that comes from God. It all starts with His love – a love that will never fail and will never end. God’s love is revealed in His faithfulness – whatever He said He would do He did and will continue to do, always.
If we were not able to depend on God being faithful at all times and in all situations, His love would be worthless. Imagine how tragic life would be, if, when we needed God’s grace or mercy, He was “unavailable” for a day or several weeks. God’s love and faithfulness cannot be separated – they belong together as Scripture has proven!
Yet there is more! God is also righteous and just which affects our salvation. It is His righteousness that allows us to “become righteous” – to move from darkness to light – and have favor and fellowship with Him. If He were not just, some of us might not qualify for His salvation. What if we had to meet certain financial requirements that were beyond us? What if we were disqualified if we could not pass a test that was designed for those with a high IQ? What if we were unattractive or shy or depressed or lame? But, “What ifs” do not count. “Whosoever will does!” So, come and trust Him, now!
Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Your grace that is well beyond our ability to understand. May we accept it though we do not understand it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
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