Like new snowfall, covering all that’s sooty and rough and ugly and bleak, His mercies fall fresh.
Like fresh buds of promise in the plant window, they blossom anew. Every morning.
I sit in my sheltered, snow-blest nest this morning and read, and Psalm 36 soothes my heart with ever-new truths about His mercies, more reasons to praise Him:
- His mercy is high mercy, high as heaven
- His faithfulness reaches to the clouds
- His righteousness is like the great mountains
- His judgments are a great deep.
- He preserves both man and beast.
- His lovingkindness (also translated mercy) is so precious!
- Because of it the children of men can put their trust under the shadow of His wings.
- Abundant satisfaction comes from the fullness of His house.
- He gives to drink from the river of His pleasures
- For with Him is the fountain of life!
- And in His light we see light.
I can’t stop there. Ahead beams one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 37. Look at the reasons to praise Him it contains, these truths about Who He is:
- He gives to those who delight in Him the desire of their hearts
- He will bring forth, like the light, the righteousness of those who commit their way to Him and trust in Him
- He will bring forth their justice/vindication as the noonday.
- He will cause those who wait on Him to inherit the earth.
- He laughs with derision at the foolish plots of the wicked against the just.
- He sees their day is coming, that their bows will be broken and their swords will enter their own hearts.
- He upholds the righteous.
- He knows the days of the upright, and gives them a forever inheritance.
- Those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him will be destroyed.
- He orders the steps of a good man, and delights in his way.
- Though the righteous may fall, he will not be utterly cast down because the Lord upholds him with His hand.
- He loves justice.
- He does not forsake His saints, but preserves them forever.
- He does not leave the righteous in the hand of the wicked, nor will He condemn him when he is judged.
- The salvation of the righteous is from Him.
- He is their strength in time of trouble.
- He will help them and deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in Him.
Did you notice the theme of the underlined words? Trust in Him. Trust is key.
(More about trust coming soon.)