By Pastor Ted R. House
Psalm 40:5, 9-11: "Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me." Imagine, the holy, righteous God has thoughts, lovingkindness, and tender mercy toward us! He loves and cares for us!
The word “lovingkindness” is a Bible word and is an attribute of God. It is His mercy. Mercy is when we receive something that we do not deserve. My friend, whether you realize it or not, God Almighty is showing His lovingkindness to you as an individual. Psalm 36:5-10 tells us: "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart." Psalm 63:3: "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee." Psalm 69:16: "Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies." The lovingkindness of God is shown by His mercy, compassion, and love toward us.
Have you ever wondered if anyone really cares about you? God cares! Why would a holy, righteous God show His lovingkindness toward us? We are so unworthy. One reason is that we are the crowning jewel of His creation. After He created everything else, God created man. Mankind is more important to Him than anything else He created. Why? Because we are created in God's image! Genesis 1:26: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...". Nothing else was created in His image or likeness. Satan wants us to believe we evolved and believing that would take away the special aspect of who we are! That distinct uniqueness is why God shows such lovingkindness toward us. Genesis 1:27 says: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 2:7: "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God loves His creation; He loves us!
Will you receive His Son Jesus Christ and be reconciled back to God? Jesus said in John 4:14: "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." Revelation 22:17: "... And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."