Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Difference Between God and Us!
Your love, , reaches to the heavens,
In the first four verses we read David's description of the sinfulness of the wicked. He describes this man as someone who has no fear of God, he flatters himself, and finally they even plot evil on their beds before they commit themselves to a sinful course. It is at this point that David contrasts man's wickedness with God's love and mercy.
It is almost as if David cannot possibly give enough earthly expression to God's infinite qualities of love, faithfulness and righteousness. Inspite of man's unfaithfulness, God is faithful. Inspite of man's unrighteousness, God is righteousness. And perhaps most importantly David says, "How priceless is God's unfailing love". This was God's "hesed" love. His unconditional, unwavering covenant love expressed to Abraham and the people of Israel in the first covenant he made with them. Although Israel would stray from God, God continued to pursue him with his unfailing and unflinching love.
This psalm is a foreshadowing of the revelation of God's unfailing love through His Son Jesus. And the reality is that although David may be citing the wickedness around him, we realize in Paul's words to the Romans, "We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The contrast between the first four verses in this psalm and the next five, show the great gulf between who we are and who God is.
As we realize we in some way fit the description of the first four verses, we can celebrate that God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves because of His great love for us!