Sunday 29 November 2020
“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.” Psalms 135:3
The Psalm for today’s reading is a hymn, which begins and ends with an invitation to praise God (Psalm 135:1-3;19-20). Though all nations are God’s, Israel enjoys a special status as God’s “treasured” people, which is based on the Goodness and Greatness of God. The Psalmist recalls to himself the love, protection and care of God for his people. God entered into a relationship with Jacob and continued His relationship with Jacob’s descendant, the Israelites.
“Goodness” referred in verse 3 relates to God’s moral qualities. Two aspects of God’s goodness are God’s choice and God’s care. A person’s choices reflect a person’s heart.
Anyone can choose to be loving, caring and faithful when life is good or when he/she is being treated well. But when life is filled with hardships and great injustice done to us, our choices in response to the hardship and injustice will reveal our heart. Consider God’s choice of us in spite of our turning away from His standards. The Bible says that all of us have sinned, that is, not living as God intended for us to live. The gap between God’s perfection and our imperfection is too great for any human mind to understand! Yet God has been merciful to us; He does not give up on us. He offered His Son to take our sin on Him that we would be restored into a right standing with Him.
God’s goodness is also revealed in His care. God’s care may not reflect in our having perfect health or perfect circumstances at all times. Rather, God cares about our relationship with Him and perfecting our character to be like His. His care for us is long-term. He cares about our having a right relationship with Him for eternity. Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." God is our help in times of trouble. God does not promise to keep us from disquieting times. Yet if our spiritual eyes are open to see the long-term benefits of His care, He is worthy of worship!!!
In this Psalm it is also stated that HE IS GREAT. Two aspects of God’s greatness are His creation and His control. Walter L. Bradley, PhD, states, "Each cell in the human body contains more information than in all 30 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. It’s certainly reasonable to make the inference that [DNA] isn’t the random product of unguided nature, but it’s the unmistakable sign of an Intelligent Designer." Next time when we look at our awesome and orderly world/nature around us or consider the amazing work of God, we will have no other choice but stand in awe and worship our Creator.
God’s greatness is not only revealed in His creation, but His greatness is also revealed in His control which means His power over life and death. Job wrote in Job 42:2, "I know that you [God] can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted."
Our only response to God’s goodness and God’s greatness is WORSHIP!
To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
Listen: 'My Creator King'