May 2, 2018

Today’s Reading: Judges 15:1-16:31, John 2:1-25, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 14:17-19

The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly. Psalm 103:6

In this Psalm righteousness and justice are described as gifts from God. However, they are not distinguished from each other. Is it a poetic repetition or are they different concepts? The remainder of Psalm 103 speaks of God’s mercy, his compassion, his forgiveness, that He does not punish us as we deserve, His everlasting love, His kingdom.

As we walk with God, we learn of His character, as Moses did.

He revealed his character to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

Throughout Psalm 103, we see evidence of God’s faithfulness, even though the word is not used explicitly, based on the way He cares for His children and the everlasting nature of His love for us.

Jesus demonstrated righteous indignation in John 2 when He turned over the tables of the merchants who were in the temple courtyard. I don’t see a direct connection to faithfulness there, but I’ll keep looking.


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