There are so many times in life when we just don’t get it. We don’t understand why things happen the way they do. We don’t even understand why good things happen to us – often feeling too unworthy for the goodness given to us. We don’t understand how we got to the place we find ourselves – good or bad. We just don’t get it. And yet, here we are. Wherever we find ourselves, we are here. And so is God. When we find we have run everyone else off, God is near. When we find we have run from everything, God is still there. When we long to know we are loved, God’s there with his embrace. We don’t get it. But we don’t need to get it. That isn’t our job. That’s not what is needed of us. We aren’t required to figure it out. We can live in the shadow of the Almighty and find we don’t remember how we even stumbled there.
God gives us powerful, vivid reminders of him in the wonders of the world. The Psalmist sees God through creation. God is represented in the visual amazement all around us. We don’t have to get it because God is present. Just look around. Do you see, feel, experience him?
The Psalmist reminds us that God’s love is both steadfast and extends to the heavens. That means God consistently loves. It also means we cannot measure his love, it is endless. We cannot see the end of his love because it doesn’t exist. It is more than our minds can comprehend. God’s faithfulness expands all the way to the clouds – beyond us. His righteousness is solid, majestic, and ever present like the mighty mountains. His judgment is deeper than we can swim, explore, or dive. God is present, do you feel him? He offers refuge in the shadows of his wings and nourishment in his presence. He flows with goodness to restore, renew and revive us. Have you experienced him?
Creation teaches us so much about the power and love of God when we take the time to notice. We live in a time when we want to know everything. We want to google all the answers. But God is more than we can understand. That is reassuring. I am grateful he gives us a glimpse of his power in the beauty surrounding us. He is holding us close in the gifts of the trees, the mountains, the seas and so much more. He can even be seen in the eyes of each other – if we look really close. May God remind us he is near today. And may we be changed.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
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