July 28

Psalm 145:8-9

“The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.” vs. 9

Obviously the bible can be used to support any number of theologies or random ideas–people have been using it as a prooftext for centuries. Sometimes its verses even present opposing or uncomfortable points of view and we have a hard time figuring out which message to take to heart. But there’s no doubt about what the psalmist is telling us today–these words come from his heart and they echo the principle refrain of many biblical writers. God doesn’t have it in for us and God is not out to get us. Rather, the Lord our God is gracious and merciful and abounding in steadfast love. God’s loving kindness endures forever! And it’s not just limited to a few chosen ones! The Lord is good to all, and has compassion for all that has been made. There is no part of God’s creation that does not have a place under God’s umbrella of grace. So does this mean that we will never be sad or unhappy or wonder why stuff is happening the way it does? Of course not! Each of us have feelings, thoughts, and emotions that can pull us in every direction imaginable–that’s how it is to be alive in this crazy world. But all those contradictory ideas, passions, and conflicts take place in the context of abundant love. And that bottom line is the most important line that has ever been written. We are loved! May that thought take root in every hurting heart!

Thought for the Day: How is God’s love made real in my life?

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