The lovingkindness of God

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised” (Ps. 48:1).

The words are familiar to us.  He is great.  We do praise Him.  But do we think on Him in ways that are fitting of Him?  Do we consider His character and His activities and recognize them as the facets of greatness that they are?

So the psalmist also says, “We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God” (Ps. 48:9).  That is, it is fitting to meditate on God and to consider His acts and character of grace.  Spurgeon notes,

Holy men are thoughtful men; they do not suffer God’s wonders to pass before their eyes and melt into forgetfulness, but they meditate deeply upon them.…Devout minds never tire of so divine a theme. It is well to think of past lovingkindness in times of trial, and equally profitable to remember it in seasons of prosperity. Grateful memories sweeten sorrows and sober joys.

The praise of God extends to the ends of the earth (v. 10).  His works are worth telling to the next generation (v. 13).  He is our guide each day — until the day we die (v. 14).  This is part of the lovingkindness of God.  And it is part of what makes Him worthy of our meditation each day, throughout the day.

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