July 29, 2020
Psalm 145:14-21 “The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings…The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” vss. 17, 20
The Psalmist is effusive in his praise of our Lord’s love and constant care. He says that there’s generosity rooted in the nature of God and no adjectives are spared in describing God’s goodness. But then there’s this little disclaimer. Not everyone is included under the umbrella of God’s love, and in fact, God will destroy all the wicked! There are some who breathe a sigh of relief in reading such lines. Such sentiments echo their own, and they’re glad to know that God’s providence is limited. It pleases them to know that the wicked are going to be destroyed. Others have some difficulty in balancing this notion against their own sense that God’s love is truly unconditional and available to all. We have this problem because scripture is a product of human writers, and the picture that they paint of God reflects our human understanding of God. And since there is within many hearts a deep desire for wickedness to be punished, some would like a God who will do just that! So what shall we do to find what God is really like? Our best bet is to go to Jesus! And the one who gave his life for sinners assures us that God is love–and God’s love is not just for some but for all! And that’s the best picture of God anyone could possibly have!
Thought for the Day: What people would I like God to destroy?