8 Adonai is good, and he is fair; . . . [source].
If the Text said no more than that, that would be enough to hear on some days, wouldn’t it?!
But it says more and that is good, very good. Because you see some days my soul, my emotions, I’m just being honest here, doesn’t feel like He is fair or good. Pure evil of me, but truth is truth. Shall we read on?
8 Adonai is good, and he is fair; this is why he teaches sinners the way [to live], 9 leads the humble to do what is right and teaches the humble [to live] his way. 10 All Adonai’s paths are grace and truth to those who keep his covenant and instructions. 11 For the sake of your name, Adonai, forgive my wickedness, great though it is. [source]
Remember I just confessed some days my emotions act like GOD isn’t good or fair? This Psalms tells me why. This Psalms tells me that ABBA’s paths, all the ways He leads me, all the occurrences He allows in my life, all the not quick and not easy inconveniences I encounter are grace and truth for me. All of it is designed to impart His Grace and His Truth to me. And when I don’t see it that way; when I don’t call the not quick and not easy inconveniences in my day as opportunities of grace and truth, the fault does not lie with ABBA. It lies with me. It is because for that moment, that space of time, I am not keeping up my end of the bargain. I have broken covenant or I have refused His instructions. It’s as painfully simple as that.
But that’s not the amazing part. The amazing part is I am relieved, encouraged, made better reading and believing this! Somehow it soothes my heart. Somehow it feels like love. Somehow I feel better now. Go figure! 🙂
Must be the miracle of His Grace and Truth applied to a wicked human He has forgiven. Do you know it only feels good and is relatively easy to admit you are a wicked human when you know He is forgiving you and loves you no matter what? What an amazing, awesome GOD He is!
One more thing before I post. Teaches the humble to live His way. Did you notice it is the humble He teaches to live His way? There’s a reason for that. Probably more than one, but the one that comes to mind in this moment is He teaches the humble because the proud won’t listen. The proud refuse to be taught. The proud won’t learn because in my humble 🙂 opinion, submission is a prerequisite to learning.
I think I shall chew on this some more.