The scripture today is Psalm 145:1-8.
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
I love the way the writer ends this psalm. This laundry list of traits evokes a sense of awe and reassurance at the same time. I want God to embody these things in all that He says and does. Grace. Mercy. Slow to anger. Steadfast. Loving. I need God to be all these in my broken life.
But I also realized another thing about these qualities as I reread this psalm: I need to embody these things. We are all made in the image of God and as such, we must take that which is perfect and amazing that we see in God and become the same. Now I will say some of these are easier than others for me personally. Some I aspire to but find hard to implement in ALL aspects of my life ( it is much easier for me to be slow to anger with kids in youth group than my own daughter at times). God's stunning example of them makes me want to have them in my own life and interactions with the world. I want to be gracious and merciful and ABOUNDING (such an awesome word) in steadfast love. The world needs all of us to bring these things into the tragedy and strife of everyday existence.
Lord, help me to be like you and your Son. I need this and the world needs it. Amen.
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