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(Part 20)


November 7, 2009

Today’s reading from Psalm 145:2-11 speaks about the greatness and goodness of God. Our theme for 2010 speaks about the awesome majesty of God. He is the Almighty! Today’s psalm reading teaches us about this awesome God and what is our proper posture before Him.

First, “God’s grandeur is beyond understanding” (Ps 145:3b). And thus Elihu exclaimed: “The Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre-eminent in power and judgment” (Job 37:23a). Job himself, after God finally spoke to him, said: “I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.” (Job 42:3). Isaiah spoke for God in this way: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.” (Is 55:8-9).

What does this tell us? We must let God be God. We do not conform Him to our human image and likeness. We do not relate to Him according to our own human perceptions and priorities. As such, since we cannot fully understand Him and His ways, we must have faith.

Second, what we take in faith is that “the Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. The Lord is good to all, compassionate to every creature.” (Ps 145:8-9). What a wonderful God we have! Since we are such wretched sinners, since we are undeserving of God’s love, since we often fail Him and are unfaithful to His call, it is such comfort to know that He will not just condemn us or discard us, though He would be just to do so.

But what this also means is that we are to love others as God has loved us. God is compassionate to every creature, and so should we be. We are to love others as we love ourselves. We are to be merciful as God is merciful. For us to deserve the forgiveness and mercy of God, we too must be compassionate to others, including our enemies.

Third, before the awesome majesty of God, we simply humble ourselves in worship. This is to be our lifestyle, our daily preoccupation. “Every day I will bless you; I will praise your name forever. Great is the Lord and worthy of high praise” (Ps 145:2-3a).

And in the light of His great mercy and grace, in the light of what God does for us as He pours out His blessings upon us, we must always be filled with gratitude. “All your works give you thanks, O Lord, and your faithful bless you.” (Ps 145:10). As Paul told the Thessalonians, “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes 5:18).

Finally, we must not keep this wonderful God to ourselves. Rather, we are to proclaim Him to the whole world and to all the generations. We must speak about His “mighty works” (Ps 145:4); we must “speak of the splendor of (His) majestic glory, tell of (His) wonderful deeds” (Ps 145:5); we must “speak of (His) fearsome power and attest to (His) great deeds” (Ps 145:6); we “publish the renown of (His) abounding goodness and joyfully sing of (His) justice” (Ps 145:7).

In other words, we must evangelize and tell others about the good news of salvation in Jesus. We must witness to others about how God has powerfully changed us and continues to transform us. We are God’s work-in-progress, and we are His living examples of His greatness and goodness. By word and deed, we “speak of the glory of (His) reign and tell of (His) great works” (Ps 145:11).

We recognize God’s awesome majesty, and we should be filled with reverential fear. Then we humbly bow before Him in worship. Though we cannot fully understand God, we know in faith what a kind of God He is, and that is, He is just and righteous. He is merciful and compassionate.

We are fortunate and privileged to have such a God.

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