Praying through the Psalms

Praying through the Psalms

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Difference Between God and Us!


Psalm 36:5-9
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.


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!


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