Monday Reflection – November 04, 2019
The All-Encompassing God!
The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. Psalm 103:17-18
Psalm 103 is a song of thanksgiving for God’s goodness and all that he has done. David celebrates the awesome nature of God and blesses God from the depths of his soul, and with everything that he’s got. In this Psalm, David recognizes and announces the multidimensional nature of God and the varied ways in which he demonstrates his very nature. David points out the many evidences of God’s action among his people, for which he is a witness.
So David celebrates God’s forgiveness, healing, redemption, and steadfast love and mercy. He notes that God offers satisfaction for life, and renews our lives. God vindicates his people and offers justice to the oppressed. God demonstrates mercy and grace, is slow to get angry and abounds in steadfast love. God does not treat us as we rightly deserve, but extends his mercy and compassion. God knows us fully well and understands our frailty and weaknesses. In opposition to the frailty of humans, God’s mercy and love is stable and long lasting.
In the midst of our limitedness and finiteness, there is the opportunity for us experience God’s steadfast and everlasting love. And, this is not just for us, but for succeeding generations. David advises that we fear the Lord. I hasten to say that this does not mean to be afraid of God, but to be in awe of God and submit to his lordship. Indeed, those who fear the Lord keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. It is to be under the sovereign rule of God, where our lives are guided by his principles and standards.
I believe that one of the driving forces of serving God is to reflect on his goodness. It is not to forget all his benefits. When we keep in mind the goodness of God in our lives, it will serve to inspire us to faithfully serve him. Our service to God must not be seen as a duty, but as a joy and priviledge. Out of our thanksgiving for all that God has done, we fear him and keep his commandments. God desires relationship over the rule of law, because when we love God, we live to please him.
Till next week, let’s celebrate the all-encompassing God.