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Devotion - March 22, 2021

Psalm 118:1-2


1. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”


Reflection by Darlene Wagner


During times of loss due to natural calamity or human malevolence, a person can easily doubt the character of the God of Heaven. Corrupt individuals distort their notion of the Divine to fit their selfish ambitions. Various human institutions, including churches, attempt to create a “God” in the image of their narrow thinking. Yet scriptures are abundantly clear that the true God of Heaven (and of all that exists) has two qualities: Goodness and Love. “For thou, Lord, art good and forgiving, and abundant in kindness to all calling Thee” (Psalm 86:5, Young’s Literal Translation). While the notion of God as a Judge who metes out punishment appears elsewhere in scripture, nothing runs counter to the very nature of the Divine “because God is love” (I John 4:8b). How is love defined? In several of the Psalms, including Psalm 118, “love” is rendered as “kindness” in Young’s Literal Translation. Hence, Divine Love and Divine Goodness are one and the same.


Invocation


Dearest Loving Father,

How your lovingkindness surpasses human sense!

Before you, we may tremble in awe;

Yet, gentle, kind compassion is your way!

Though we hurt from worldly woes;

Never will you abandon any of us!