Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lovingkindness, 2

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundations of Thy throne; Lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness) go before Thee.
Psalm 33:22 Let Thy lovingkindness, O Lord be upon us, according as we have hoped in (waited for) Thee.

Psalm 103:8 Echos Exodus 34:6&7 that we have looked at several times here. It echos and confirms. God doesn't just love us a little. His very nature is ABOUNDING in lovingkindness. And it wouldn't hurt to meditate on not only 'lovingkindness' but on what 'abounding means. When you are dealing with an Infinite Being, what could abounding mean? Abounding in the Infinite would be quite overwhelming to the finite (that's us).

Dear God, open our hearts to know what Your abounding lovingkindness looks like. We have been blinded and hindered by the abounding hatred of this world. May Your overwhelming lovingkindness flood over us and through us, washing out the hatred and bitterness we have internalized.

Psalm 89:14 says that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Human beings are unjust in their hearts and love, when they love, unjustly. But beyond that... In addition to the righteousness and justice as a base, what God sends out before Him, before He goes anywhere is lovingkindness and faithfulness. Coming into our lives, He send His lovingkindness and faithfulness first. Then from there, once He has full entrance in our lives, He can teach us how to have righteousness and justice as our foundations as well if we suffer in that area.

Psalm 33:22 Is a simple prayer, a simple request for His lovingkindness to rest on us that God can abundantly answer since He abounds in us. It is with great joy that I can point to this verse and say, "Let us wait on God and hope in Him. We can trust on Him to answer with His lovingkindness that goes before Him."

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