Psalm 107

God’s love is deep.
There is no where we can go — physically, spiritually, or emotionally — where God’s love can’t reach us and rescue us.  Listen:

I know a man who was angry about the way things were going for him.  God had blessed him with a beautiful family but he turned his back on those blessings and declared war on God.  Year after year he walked, no ran, farther away from God, living as far outside of God’s will as he possibly could.  He really lived it up: searching, searching for things to satisfy him besides God.  But nothing ever could and in the end he lost the war and all those things he tried to find life in brought him death.  At his lowest point, ravaged by AIDS, he turned to God in sorrow and repentance.  God’s love is deep.  There is no where we can go — physically, spiritually, or emotionally — where God’s love can’t reach us and rescue us.  God drew him near again, welcomed him home with open arms and loved him in his last days.  Thank God for His forgiveness!  Thank Him for the miracle of His mercy and love for His children.

I know another man who proclaimed God with his mouth while indulging in dirty secrets day in and day out.  Without a second thought, he was decimating every relationship he had, leaving a trail of wounded hearts behind him.  But when he was at his lowest, no one trusting him, everyone afraid of him, he cried out to God and begged forgiveness from all he had hurt.  God’s love is deep.  There is no where we can go — physically, spiritually, or emotionally — where God’s love can’t reach us and rescue us.  God not only poured His forgiveness out on this man, but filled the hearts of his victims with forgiveness for him as well.  Thank God for His forgiveness!  Thank Him for the miracle of restored relationships with Him and with each other.

I know a woman (in fact, it’s me) who has spent her whole life under the vast umbrella of God’s protection and provision.  Before she even had a chance to be broken and battered by the world, God was there, shielding her from Satan’s fiery arrows.  Whenever she had need, God provided in abundance.  She was the most blessed of all people.  And yet, in the face of this fierce protection, abundance, and love, she grew apathetic and began to take all these things for granted.  She was neither hot nor cold.  She never denied God’s love for her, but neither did she shout it from the rooftops.  But when she was at her most apathetic, wasting hours upon hours of her life on things that didn’t matter, she cried out to God and asked Him to give her passion.  God’s love is deep.  There is no where we can go — physically, spiritually, or emotionally — where God’s love can’t reach us and rescue us.  God filled her with passion and determination, courage, and patience.  He forgave her for her ingratitude and promised to use her in spite of — in fact, because of! — all her imperfection and weaknesses.  Thank God for His forgiveness.  Thank Him for the miracle of His love even though we don’t deserve it.

If it is when we are at our lowest points that we cry out to God and lean hard into Him, then I ask You, Father, to keep me low so I will rely on nothing and no one but You.  Children of God, think about what I’m saying and spend time thanking God for His deep, deep love.

 

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