March 21 – Faithful – Picture This…

Read Psalm 36:1-12

Try to picture what the 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 was piled high upon the earth and extending to the very dwelling place of its divine source.  It is like a fog that you can’t escape.  That is God’s love for you.

“your faithfulness [reaches] to the skies” – Picture God’s faithful 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.

“your righteousness is like the highest mountains” –  Visualize the pure righteousness and holiness of God as if it is 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 (2 Cor. 5:21).

“your justice [is] like the great deep” – Envision yourself out 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 wanted 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 out their song by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i59u7ipQ81Y.

Steve Kern

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