Lovingkindness

Psalm 36:7-9
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!  therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

God makes it easy for us to trust Him.  That quality of lovingkindness draws us to Him.  It is His arms open wide to us with love and compassion.  It is His willingness to embrace us and comfort us and enfold us in a place close to His own heart.  It is arms ever reaching out to us to touch us and give to us exactly what we need.  It is a sense of safety and assurance amidst so much instability in the world that our God loves us and does so exceedingly and demonstrates it to us in untold ways.  Everything is within Him, including life itself, and He invites us in to partake of those delights in His presence.

God’s lovingkindness is a generosity that invites us, the poor and needy, into His mansion and tells us to make ourselves at home there, where He shares with us good things from His storehouse.  He is a place of safety and provision, but more than the things He will give to us is who He will be to us.  And when we come close to Him, He will be all we need Him to be.  He will meet needs and desires and longings within us that we hardly even knew were there.

God is good, and He is so good.  God loves, and it is an abundant love.  He shows mercy, and it is unending mercy.  He gives grace, and it is exceeding grace.  And all these are wrapped up into that excellent lovingkindness that David exposes for us.  The God revealed to us in Scripture is not one to flee from.  Yes, He is holy and exalted.  He is the Judge who rules and reigns.  But He is so full of a compassionate love for us that is ever reaching out toward us to draw us closer and closer to Him.

So let us go to Him, then, and trust Him.  Let us find our rest there in that safe place, a shelter from the harsh things of life and the rough edges of this world.  Let us find our needs met in Him, not a stingy portion from a miser, but an abundance of good things.  Let us find our pleasure in the Lord our God and drink freely from that river.  And when we respond to that lovingkindness He gives to us, that tenderness He shows to us, it changes us and deepens our relationship with Him and we come to find ourselves satisfied with Him alone.

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