What words best “describe” God? Are there some that are more precise, or accurate, or complete to use when we talk about Him? Is it more appropriate to use some words and not others to describe Him?
Throughout the Psalms, from beginning to end, David uses many different words to describe the various acts of God. While some of them are “high and lofty,” most of them are practical and helpful, descriptive and insightful. He speaks of God as his deliverer, protector, friend, savior, refuge, and stronghold. All words we could observe if we were to see God walking along a path with David.
In bringing Psalm 62 to a conclusion he speaks of his relationship with God as “strong” and “loving.” He had experienced God’s compassion and care, protection and presence and power – as we have. He also enjoyed God’s love, grace and mercy as we, too, have. And then he adds something that is most interesting: “You reward everyone according to what they have done.”
David enjoyed God’s goodness. He mentions it again and again. He spoke often of those who wanted to kill him, defeat him, steal from him, embarrass him and even ruin his reputation. But through it all he survived and prospered. He was deeply grateful for the mercy and grace of God and recognized them as “God’s reward” for his faithfulness in spite of his failures.
David speaks bluntly of those who are evil and do evil things to harm and hurt His beloved. They will not endure. But the righteous will be rewarded lavishly.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for rewarding us with so many of Your extravagant gifts that we take for granted. Plant a seed of gratitude in our hearts! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you repay all people according to what they have done. Psalm 62:12
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