Good morning! Today is a beautiful spring day in sunny California! I love this time of year when the mornings are crisp and afternoons sunny and bright. Birds are singing and the sky is blue. My plants in the yard are lush and green and I love being out there digging in the dirt and planting something new. When I am out there I feel the Lord’s smile because we know He loves to create and His creation outshines anything we can ever do. What is it like where you live? Are you spending time outside with the Lord creating something beautiful? Don’t get caught up in doing and not spend some time just being with Him.
Today we will look at Psalm 6. In our pursuit to see what God’s Word says about who He is and what He is like we have to rely on eye-witness accounts of who He is through the eyes of someone else at times. Sometimes we see His actions and hear His voice through the prophets but at times it is through the relationship He has with people like you and me. Well, not exactly like you and me but real people who God chose to reveal Himself through. We have already talked about the fact that He called David a “man after His own heart.” Today as we read this Psalm we will see who God is through David’s eyes.
Verse 1 tells us our God rebukes in anger and disciplines in wrath. I don’t know about you but I would rather focus on His love and mercy than on his anger and wrath. That is why I began this journey of Growing in Knowing God. I have studied the Bible enough to know where to go to read about His Grace and Mercy but if that is where I camp am I really seeing Him clearly? I don’t want a distorted view of God. I want to know Him through and through. Though that isn’t possible in my lifetime I want to dig for the treasures of the gold and silver of truth in His Word. There has to be a balance of Grace and Truth. I remember reading that in one of Cloud and Townsend’s books years ago. We can’t just focus on the things that make us feel warm and fuzzy without the balance of results of living our life doing our own thing or carving out our own type of religion falling on either side of the Grace and Truth spectrum. David was a sinner just like us. He also knew God intimately and had felt His anger at his adultery and then murder of Uriah in 2 Samuel 11 and God’s discipline in the death of his baby conceived in adultery in 2 Samuel 12. God is a God who rebukes and disciplines when needed. That is part of who He is. He is a Holy God and will not be mocked by just doing what we want when it counters what He calls us to do in His Word.
Verse 2 allows us to see that though God disciplines and rebukes when necessary He also is merciful and heals both body and soul. We see in verse 4 that He is a God who delivers and saves because of His unfailing love. Verse 8 tells us He hears our weeping. Verse 9 says, “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
My dear friends that is the bottom line. Overarching all is our God is a God who hears our cries for mercy in our sin and suffering over it, He not only hears but He accepts our repentance and broken hearts over our failures and accepts us through the blood of His precious Son, Jesus Christ, who died on that cross for our sins.
On this beautiful spring day I have a grateful heart that I have a loving, forgiving, merciful, God who will be angry and discipline me if necessary. After all, isn’t that what true love is? What about you? What do you see in Psalm 6 about who God is? Let us know! Sharing only expands our growing in knowing Him. Now go out there and dig in the dirt, plant something and enjoy the presence and pleasure of God in His beautiful creation. Blessings!