June 26: Picture This . . .

Read Psalm 36:1-12

Try to picture what David portrays as he describes invisible traits like love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice as if they were visible, tangible entities.

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens.” – Imagine the love of God for people as if it were piled high upon the earth and extending to the very dwelling place of its divine source. It is like an inescapable fog. This is God’s love for you.

“(Y)our faithfulness [reaches] to the skies.” – Picture God’s faithfulness to be like the blue sky on a cloudless day. His commitment to you and to the promises He has made continue endlessly, without interruption as far as you can see . . . and even to where only faith takes over in the unseen and unknown.

“(Y)our righteousness is like the highest mountains.” – Visualize the pure righteousness and holiness of God as a mountain that dominates the horizon. After all, it is the tallest mountain to which our attention is drawn. Don’t forget that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to you at salvation in exchange for your sin. (See 2 Cor. 5:21.)

“(Y)our justice [is] like the great deep.” – Envision yourself in the middle of the Atlantic with five miles of water beneath you. That is the picture of God’s justice. It is endless. You cannot fully plunge the depths of His justice. This is a justice that will one day be the rule rather than the exception on the earth.

The psalmist used these word pictures to help us understand God and His character.  He wanted us to stand in awe of this God of grandeur.

Years ago, the band Third Day put some of the words of this Psalm to song. You can check it out by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i59u7ipQ81Y.


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I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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