Reading: Psal 99
Verse Eight: O Lord our God, you answered them; you are a forgiving God.
God is, above all else, a God of love. More than anything else, God is about loving His children. The Psalm opens with God being exulted because He reigns. The people offer their praise. Then it shifts to God bringing justice and equality. The people offer their praise. In verse six three greats go to God and He answers the prayers of the faithful. The people offer praise. This is a God of love. Truly God is worthy of our praise and worship.
All this is true of God today. The Lord our God answers our prayers. God continues to seek justice and equality for all peoples. God continues to be in control of all things and to reign over all the earth. He is worthy of our praise and worship.
But perhaps the greatest example of God’s love is His forgiveness. We experience a glimpse of this kind of love from our parents and then again with our own children. But ours is a slightly flawed, human love. God’s love is a perfect, holy love. Verse eight reads, “O Lord our God, you answered them; you are a forgiving God”. Because of His love for us, He forgives us. Over and over, without memory or score. Over and over it is as if we had never sinned before. This truly is a God of love. He is worthy of our praise and worship.
The love and forgiveness we receive from God is wonderful. But it cannot end with us simply receiving it. We in turn must go out and love and forgive others. Because we are loved, we love others. Because we are forgiven, we forgive others. It is through our practicing love and forgiveness that we are part of bringing God’s love and forgiveness into other people’s lives. It is a part of our witness to our faith. This day may we be people of love and forgiveness, helping to build up relationships with others that further the kingdom of God here on earth.