Friday, September 09, 2011

Lovingkindness

 9We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
 10According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
 11Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. 

Lovingkindness

Psalm 48 began with a lovely depiction of Jerusalem, and now as the Psalmist reflects on the temple of God, his mind turns to the lovingkindness of God. We do not have to look very far to understand the Psalmist's sentiments. Indeed, who in all the earth is like unto our God?

God, when sin entered this world, could easily have turned His back upon it and created a new, perfect world filled with righteousness and purity. Yet, that is not the choice God made; rather, He purposed to provide redemption for this man--a way for man to come back into perfect fellowship with Him. He sent His own Son into this world to purchase man's salvation by His own death, but being wise and holy, He did not force His salvation upon man.

Through all of the annals of time, God has nurtured His children, guiding, protecting, and loving them, and bringing them safely into His eternal arms. Today, in the 21st century, God is continuing to actively draw a people to Himself. His is not a popular choice; indeed, compared to the number of people living in our world today, only a small number have come to a true, saving knowledge of Him. However, it is the right choice!

What an amazing God we serve, with the Psalmist we must proclaim, According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

This God is so filled with lovingkindness, that He continues to be actively involved in all aspects of His children's lives. Though we may forget Him, He never forgets us! If our hearts are pulled away from Him by the things of this world, He graciously draws us back to Him through the circumstances of our lives.

May all of God's children join with the Psalmist in verse 11, Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. God's people today are heirs of mount Zion, and heirs of the daughters of Judah. Indeed, we have had over 2000 years to view God's lovingkindness manifested to His people since the day the Psalmist penned those words.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand has provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

God Bless You,
Linda





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