Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. (Psalm 73:27, 28)
The first line of this Psalm reminds us of another passage in the New Testament, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” John 3:16-21
The substance, character, and nature of God is love. He is the singular source of pure love, and defines its very essence. His grace originated from his love moved him to extend mercy and provided the possibility for our salvation. Those who refuse or deny his gracious and extravagant offer of forgiveness is like watching someone walk deep into a dangerous and unforgiving desert with no provision for survival.
In contrast, the Psalmist says it is good for him to stay near God who is his refuge and protection and make it his goal to let everyone know the great wonders of God, who is the psalmist’s and every believer’s life-source.
I desire to remain in your presence, O Lord, for you alone are able to give abundant life and love. You sustain me and give me life. Please lead me in this day to tell those in my path who you are and of the wonders you do, for this is your will. Amen.
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”