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The Lord Sings Over You (8 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
Do you view God as someone watching over you with tender care, or someone watching over to strike your backside when you step out of line? Most people struggle with their idea of how God views them. The majority of us have heard the passages where God says, "Be holy, for I am holy43," and Jesus' command, "You shall be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.44"
When we fall short of perfection - which is often - we know we have failed to measure up to the standard of God's character. Then we acquire the 'Adam and Eve syndrome'. When Adam and Eve sinned, they ran and tried to hide from God. They recognized that they were not worthy to face a holy God, and rightly so. But what was God's response? He covered their shame. Though there were consequences for their actions, the Lord didn't reject them. He showed mercy. God covered their shame and then began revealing a plan for their redemption.
When Asaph (the son of one of King David's chief musicians) thought upon the merciful way God dealt with His people, it gave him a heart of praise. Though Israel entered into God's covenant, they rebelled against their creator. The people benefited from the Promised Land the Lord gave, but they couldn't keep their heart from wandering away. God could have cast them away each time they fell, but He showed long patience and mercy. Look at how Asaph reflects on this in Psalm 78:38-39
38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath;
39 For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.
Though God had every right to deal harshly with those who sinned, He extended mercy for generations as He pleaded with them to return to righteousness and guided them with warnings and promises. The Lord's goal was mercy. And why was He so merciful toward H ...
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