Psalm 86:5 New Living Translation
“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”
What is the true nature of God? Is it one of wrath as may be supposed from the text of the Old Testament? While God does punish sin, his nature is one of love, mercy and forgiveness. Psalm 86 is a prayer of King David. He sought the face of God to “Bend down” to hear his prayer. David asked for protection and mercy for he was apparently in deep trouble at the time of this writing.
Another glimpse into the true nature of God is found in Exodus 34:6. Here Moses made a second set of stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them.* The Lord God came to him and spoke to Moses saying: “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” The love of God is a predominant theme in scripture and is realized most emphatically with the substitutionary death of Christ for our sins. As much as the Lord loves all of his creation, he waits for sinners to turn to him with prayers of repentance. Such prayers usher in a new spirit and a new life.
God’s steadfast love is toward those who choose to be in covenant with him. When we are in dire straights all we need to do is call out his name and he will be with us. In fact, due to the infiltration of God’s Holy Spirit, he is in us. No matter what circumstances we happen to find ourselves in, we are able to call for assistance from our God. There is no reason to allow depression or an anxious spirit drive you down. The Lord will hear and respond when he knows the time is right. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Reformation Study Bible and The Life Application Study Bible.
* To find out why Moses needed a second set of stone tablets, read Exodus 19-40.