Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Encouragement (03/26/15) "God's Great Love"

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Donegal Creek, Lancaster County PA
Dusk along Donegal Creek

"God's Great Love"

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"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:11,12).

We are sure ready for some beautiful spring days and are especially looking forward to our long daily walks along the country lanes. We usually walk the dogs as well and they sure enjoy getting out. Both have experienced a shock when they brushed up against an electric fence without having the slightest idea what happened. This is an electric fence for livestock so they get quite a jolt. They shriek and quickly skirt back from the wire fence with their tails between their legs wearing an expression that seems to say, "WHAT WAS THAT!"

We understood what happened but of course they didn't. How do you explain an electric shock to a dog! It's that way with us many times isn't it? We get shocked by a situation in life and we have no idea what hit nor did we understand why.

We've all probably heard or used the following expressions, "I don't know what hit me" or "Where did that come from?" I can recall experiences like this in my own life and I've observed them in many others as well. I have a friend who's going through one of these shocking experiences right now. We can't predict or avoid these jolting experiences so that's why we need to have a deep abiding assurance of God's great love, care and provision for that which have need of.

The daily verse is one of the greatest expressions in Scripture extolling God's love 
"for those who fear Him". Consider the two figures of speech the Psalmist uses in the text.

First he speaks of the extent of God's love as being "as high as the heavens are above the earth." How high is that? In the Scriptures the expression "heavens" normally describes the universe as distinct from the earth. But how big is the universe? It seems this distance just keeps increasing with better telescopes and more research! 

The study of astronomy interests me, although most astronomers ignore God's revelation in the Scriptures. The Psalmist, in describing the infinite nature of God's love and mercy, expresses the greatest truth. And sadly astronomers, looking in the wrong places, will never find this Truth!

Secondly, he speaks of the extent of God's forgiveness: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." How far is that? If he were to have written "north from the south" we could have measured the distance between the poles. But how far is east from west? It is not something we can measure! In His great love and mercy that's how far He has removed our transgressions from us. 

The Psalmist provided God's greatest solution to life's greatest problem in this Psalm. He covers both the vertical and horizontal reaching of God's goodness to humankind. The boundless capacity of God's love fills the vertical space from the heavens to earth. His unceasing capacity for forgiveness stretches horizontally beyond the measurable scope of humankind. Do we not serve a great God who is moved to action by our innermost needs! May you be filled with the fullness of God as He reveals Himself to You through His unlimited love and ongoing forgiveness.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Omnipotent Father, Your immeasurable love and unending forgiveness are characteristics that only a God like You can dispense, so much so, that even the vilest offender who truly believes will be pardoned by You. Because of Your tremendous example of love and forgiveness toward us, we can also extend our love and forgiveness toward others. As recipients of Your goodness may we be dispensers of Your blessings to those You bring into our lives. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Wrong Car: Yesterday Brooksyne shared about getting in the wrong van and we had a number of responses. One example is the following story: "I remember when I walked out into our old dental office parking lot and I got into what I thought was our car (same color and size). I sat there trying to figure out whose sunglasses were in the console and then picked up the vitamins and wondered when my husband Doug had started taking those vitamins.... Good thing I came to my senses and realized I was in the wrong car....and jumped out quickly, hoping the accountant who owned the car and had the office across the hall from our dental office wasn't looking out the window, wondering why I was sitting in his car and looking at his vitamin pills!! All along Doug was sitting in the driver's seat of our car, looking at me like I'd completely lost my mind!"

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Love Of God"  Video  Gaither Homecoming singers

"As Far As The East (Psalm 103:11-12)"  Video  Scripture Memory songs

"East To West"  Video  C
asting Crowns

"As High As The Heavens"  Video  Hosanna! Music

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