April 14, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 14 April 2020
Psalm 36 is a song that extols the supremacy of God over all. Similar to the doxology of Romans 11:33-36, the psalmist struggled to described the lovingkindness, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice of God (Ps 36:5-6). God’s “lovingkindness” and “faithfulness” are complementary terms, as are his “righteousness” and “justice.” The Lord’s faithfulness is assurance for the steadfastness of his love toward his people. His righteous nature will bring justice on earth so that his people experience salvation and the ungodly his judgment.
God’s virtues extend to the heavens. His faithfulness reaches to the heavens. A later psalm declares, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his lovingkindness toward those who fear Him” (103:11). The Lord’s righteousness is more enduring and resolute than the mighty mountains, and his judgments are deeper than the fathomless sea (36:6). There is nothing in creation that does not manifest the steadfastness of God’s lovingkindness, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice (cf. Rom 8:38-39; 11:33). By his love and justice, the Creator preserves all his creatures – both “man and beast” – enabling them to enjoy living (36:6).
All those who trust in the Lord “take refuge in the shadow of [his] wings” and can say, “How precious is your lovingkindness, O God” (v. 7). God is truly concerned for people (cf. John 3:16) and the phrase “the children of men” indicates his universal concern for humanity. By the Lord’s lovingkindness, all people – both high and low, rich and poor – find refuge from the ungodly and from times of hardship. God’s people feast on the abundance of the Lord’s goodness and “drink their fill” from rivers of his delights (Ps 36:8). God is a continually streaming fountain of abundant life (v. 9a; cf. Ezek 47:1-12; John 4:7-15; 7:37-39; 10:10).
The “drink” metaphor denotes God’s material and spiritual blessings for his people. Not only do the godly have food and drink, but also protection and complete enjoyment of their salvation. The river of God’s delights is ever flowing to satisfy and sustain all who drink from it because the Lord is the source of inexhaustible wisdom. “Life” and “light” (Ps 36:9) testify to the fullness of salvation in the presence of the Lord.
Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord’s people may always continue to know his lovingkindness. Pray that God would captivate your affections, knowing that the Lord cares for his people, and evil will cease as a result (vv. 10-12). The joy of God’s presence, protection, and provision is the believer’s valued possession. God’s people are to appreciate the superiority of recognizing the Lord’s supremacy and living in view of his revealed character.
Grace and Peace to You,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
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