“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.” Psalms 63:3 NASB
The sterner, more awe-inspiring aspects of the divine character are counterbalanced by the gentler, more winsome ones. It is to our irreparable loss if we only dwell on God’s sovereignty and majesty, or His holiness and justice; we need to meditate frequently, though not exclusively, on His love, goodness, grace and mercy. Nothing short of a full-orbed view of the divine perfections — as revealed in the Holy Scriptures — should satisfy us.
GOD’S COUNTLESS BLESSINGS TO HIS PEOPLE. The Bible has so much to say about God’s LOVINGKINDNESS — His paternal favor to His people, His tender affection toward them — and who is capable of numbering them? No pen of a man, nor tongue of an angel, can adequately express it. Familiar as this blessed attribute of God’s may be to people, it is something entirely peculiar to divine revelation.
Marvelous is the One who is infinitely high above us, so inconceivably glorious, so ineffably holy! He doesn’t just know us — He cares for us and He has set His heart upon us; He gave His Son for us, send His Spirit to dwell in us, and so bear with all of our imperfections and waywardness as never to remove His lovingkindness from us.
GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS SHALL NEVER DEPART FROM HIS CHILDREN. To our reason it may appear to be so, but truly, it never is. When a person is in Christ, nothing can separate him from God’s love (Romans 8:39).
The Lord has solemnly engaged Himself by covenant, and our sins cannot make it void. God has sworn that if His children keep not His commandments He ‘will punish their transgression with the rod And their iniquity with stripes.’ Yet He adds, ‘But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him, nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.’ (Psalms 89:32-34 NASB)
The lovingkindness of God toward His people is centered in Christ. Because His exercise of lovingkindness is a covenant engagement, it is repeatedly linked to His truth, showing that it proceeds to us by promise. Therefore we should never despair.
OUR RIGHTFUL RESPONSE TO GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS. Having the knowledge of this awesome divine attribute, what ought to be our reponse?
- We should follow and imitate God.
- We should strengthen our faith and confidence in Him.
- We should stimulate the spirit of worship.
- We should appeal to it when we have fallen by the wayside.
- It should encourage us in moments of depression.
- It should be our plea in prayer.
- It should be our petition in our devotions.
“How precious is Thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of Thy wings.” Psalms 36:7 ASV
THIRTY, PRETTY, & THRIVING! Speaking of God’s lovingkindness, on the ocassion of the [month-long] celebration of my 30th birthday, I wanna grab this opportunity to let the whole world know how grateful I am to the Lord for the thirty years of love and favour. Happy birthday, self! Praise God! 🎉💁🏻♀️🎂
Next Saturday: THE PATIENCE OF GOD 😊