As I read from chapter 106 in the book of Psalms today, I was reminded of God’s amazing grace and mercy. This Psalm is basically an acknowledgment of the amazing love of God and His mercy upon those who say they love Him, but continue in blatant disobedience – namely, the children of Israel.
It made me think of all the times I’ve failed my Lord as well – and all the times He has heard my cries and came to my rescue. The key verse for me is verse 8:
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.
It’s another reminder that “it’s not about me!” No matter how the children of Israel had failed God, over and over, he still saved them for His name’s sake – “to make His mighty power known.”
I guess that’s why He continues to come to my aid – to show Himself as a merciful, loving God. I suppose the old addage “you can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar” may apply here. I mean – if someone looking on to my life, seeing me try-and-fail, try-and-fail – then God came and smashed me with some giant, heavenly thumb-crunch, I suppose that may make some follow Him out of fear. But – when they see God continue to bless and care for me, drawing me back to Himself with amazing lovingkindness – it seems like that would be so much more attractive.
True – I realize that if I would just try-and-succeed once in a while, you wouldn’t have to be reading this drivvel! But – as hard as I try, I continue to screw up.
That’s why I’m so thankful that He is who He is – the Great I Am, Merciful Father, Daddy.
Thank You for Your love, Father.
grace & peace,