Because east and west can never meet, this is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness of our sin. In Psalm 103:12 David says, As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Living according to past transgressions is unproductive and fixes nothing. In addition, God’s forgiveness of us is a model for how we are to forgive others. If we are truly believers and followers of God, we must forgive others as He has forgiven us.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will never change. In Psalm 102:27 the Psalmist ends the passage with, But you remain the same, and your years will never end. While we may change and make decisions based on our circumstances or feelings, God never changes. He will continue to love us and want what’s best for us no matter what.
People who have influence over our lives matter. On rare occasion there are minor acquaintances who have minimal influence, but anyone who has access to us can be influential in how we live our lives and whether we live for God or for our selfish desires. In Psalm 101:6 David says, My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister with me. Friends and associates who have influence in our lives should be faithful to God and should help us grow closer to Him.
Our assurance can always lie in God’s love for us. Whether we comprehend his plan for us or not, His plan is perfect and we should count ourselves blessed to be a part of it. Psalm 100:5 says, For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. God’s love never changes. It has remained the same through all generations and will endure through all eternity.
God’s name symbolizes His nature and His character. In Psalm 99:3 it says, Let them praise your great and awesome name – He is holy. His holiness and His reputation as the one and perfect God is what His name is supposed to symbolize. If we are blessed enough to call Him Father, then let us live worthy of the Family name.
The anticipation of the Messiah had been present for a long time. The people of God had to look forward to know He was coming and would provide salvation. In Psalm 98:1 it says, Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. When Christ came to earth and died for our sins, He fulfilled the anticipation the world had been waiting for. When we look for peace, love, and grace, we find it in Christ.
As we grow closer in our relationship with God, we learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. Psalm 97:10 says, Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Let us learn to love God’s ways and hate evil in every form just as He does.
Today is Good Friday and I always wondered why we refer to this day as “Good” since it was the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. While historians debate many things about our faith, there are three things all historians agree on: 1) Jesus Christ really existed; 2) Jesus Christ was baptized; and 3) Jesus Christ was crucified. Christ’s crucifixion was an agonizing and torturous death. Matthew 27:50 says, And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. This was a brutal death and His suffering is hard to imagine. But when we take time to think through what Christ’s crucifixion represents and the transformation it has caused to the course of each of our lives, we realize it really was a “Good” day. Today reminds us that Jesus took on the sin of the world and died because of it. And more importantly, it is “Good” because Sunday is coming.
God, the creator of everything, is worthy of our praise. Psalm 96:4-5 says, 4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. There is a distinct difference between God and other gods; He is the only true God who created everything. All other gods are idols and excuses who allow people to hide behind their sin. Facing the truth and knowing we are imperfect and have sin in our life is tough, but God loves us. There is nothing that can compare to the love He has for us regardless of our sin.
God is loving and He wants a relationship with each of us, but let us not forget how worthy He is of our praise as our Creator and Lord. Psalm 95:6 says, Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. He is our creator and He created everything around us. Let us never forget the reverence and respect He deserves from us as a loving and perfect Father.