Your love, O God

Your love, O Eternal One, towers high into the heavens. Even the skies are lower than Your faithfulness.

Your justice is like the majestic mountains. Your judgments are as deep as the oceans, and yet in Your greatness, You, O Eternal, offer life for every person and animal.

Your strong love, O True God, is precious. All people run for shelter under the shadow of Your wings.

In Your house, they eat and are full at Your table. They drink from the river of Your overflowing kindness.

You have the fountain of life that quenches our thirst. Your light has opened our eyes and awakened our souls.

Psalm 36:5-9 (Voice)

Psalm 36 paints a picture of an inviting, gracious, life-giving God. These verses are full of metaphors to describe what God is like:

* Love as high as the heavens
* Faithfulness greater than the sky is high
* Justice like majestic mountains
* Judgments as deep as the oceans
* Shelter under the shadow of his wings

It is impossible to adequately describe how great and glorious our God is. I love that even in his greatness and majesty, he has such tender compassion and care for his creation.

His invitation is for every person–every ragamuffin who has absolutely nothing to offer in return, every abandoned child, every weary pilgrim, every moral failure, every outcast–everyone, even moral and religious people who consider themselves better than most.

I love the picture of running to God for shelter under the shadow of his wings. It reminds me of little chicks running and hiding under the fluffy feathers of their mothers when they hear them clucking a certain way, warning them of danger. Off they go as fast as their little legs can carry them, their soft, downey feathers fluttering as they run, colliding and jumping over each other as they race to get to mom first. They feel safe as long as they are underneath their mother’s wings. Eventually they poke their little heads out to see if it is safe to go back to doing whatever little chicks do.

There have been plenty of times I’ve run to God to hide and abide for a while when pain and sorrow was too much for me to bear or when life got really scary. I bet most of you have done that too. Then, like little chicks, we gain courage and confidence to go back out there because our God is more powerful than anything or anyone that comes up against us.

The psalmist describes the generous hospitality of God, saying “they eat and are full at Your table.” I doubt he was thinking about a bologna sandwich and chips, but probably more of a Methodist-style buffet. Everyone is welcome around the table, even those who act or look or smell or think differently than we do

When was the last time you were thoroughly filled to the brim by the presence of God, with an overwhelming sense of joy and peace and well-being? Maybe it was after hearing a beautiful song, watching the sunset on the beach, reading scripture in a quiet place, or a special time of worship in a place that feels like home. Didn’t you just want to linger there?

“They drink from the river of Your overflowing kindness.” I love that image of overflowing kindness. Kindness is becoming more rare in our world today, yet when you spend time in God’s presence, his kindness should overflow from you to others. May it be said of us that we are a kind, welcoming people who passionately love God, each other, and those we meet along the way.

If you are desperate for a glimmer of hope that your life will ever be meaningful, God offers his life (creative, never boring, never ending, always loving–think a perpetual party!) to spring up inside of you and satisfy your thirst for love and significance.

If you have been blindsided, deceived, or confused by the darkness of this world, God will open your eyes and heart to see that his beauty and light are beyond description, and he will reveal the truth to you about yourself–that you are his beloved.

If you are lethargic, stale, or burned out, God will awaken a passion in you that he put there when you were created with a unique gift to offer the world, long before some discouraging person told you who you were and what you could or could not do. Who would you be and what would you accomplish if you weren’t afraid?

The invitations have been sent. Your name is on the list. No charge for admission, it’s already been paid.

Come and worship.

 

 

Copyright (c) 2017 Brenda Branson

 

Your Love O Lord
Third Day