Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens

Without much commentary, below are a handful of scriptures that describe some of who God is. Interestingly, and maybe purposefully, they are all Old Testament scriptures, which are found in the midst of much narrative which can bring some confusion to the nature of God. But in the midst of the narrative, these scriptures, and many like them, stand out and give us the basis through which we can see the narrative around them.

It would be very beneficial to us that our curiosity and imagination would be captured by these attributes of God (In saying the attributes of God, we count them as attributes of the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). That in reading these passages, we would believe in how God reveals himself, even if our mind cannot fully comprehend. That our confession would go beyond our understanding. That in the midst of a fallen world we believe in a God who desires to redeem his creation and reconcile a lost humanity back to him. Read these passages slowly. Re-read them.  Again and again. Let them lead you to other places of scripture that build the framework for your understanding of God, to who you believe God is and what he is like. Then allow your imagination to be stretched. God is deep and wide, not shallow or thin…

Exodus 34:5-7  Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…”

 Psalm 36:5-6  Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Lamentations 3:19-23 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 136:1-9 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.

 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. 
to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
 who made the great lights—His love endures forever.
 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

This God, the Creator, whose love endures forever, who is patient yet not tolerant, who is full of compassion and grace, is of justice- he will do what is right. As the psalmist of chapter 36 allowed his imagination to poetically describe certain characteristics of God as the heavens and sky, the might of the mountain, and the depth of the great deep: This God is with me. He is my God. And I look to him as is quoted in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd.”

 

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