The Lord is merciful and compassionate

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 10:32-12:21, Acts 18:1-22, Psalm 145:1-21, Proverbs 18:1

As I study the Bible, I like to focus on themes that run throughout both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. One of these themes appears in Psalm 145.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
The Lord is good to everyone.
    He showers compassion on all his creation.
10 All of your works will thank you, Lord,
    and your faithful followers will praise you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;
    they will give examples of your power.
12 They will tell about your mighty deeds
    and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
    You rule throughout all generations.

This is a reminder of God’s goodness to all of His creation, with mentions of His followers (in June I have been looking to see if believe, obey, follow is a pattern), His kingdom, and His glorious majesty. The opening phrase appears in Psalm 103:8, Joel 2:13, and Jonah 4:2. Similar phrases begin to appear as early as Exodus 34 and continue throughout the Bible.

Then the Lord came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The Lord!
    The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
    and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
    I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
    I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
   even children in the third and fourth generations.”

This is what God is like!

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