Today is Barbara’s 78th birthday!
Psalm 36:5 “Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”
[Praise you that there is no limit to your love, no frontier to your faithfulness, no end to your endurance. Your wonderful grace flows from you nonstop–so your love is always present, ever persistent and all pervasive. We praise you that in your love and faithfulness you are eternally good, ever positive, unendingly wonderful.]
Psalm 36:6 “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
[Thank you that your Love encompasses righteousness and justice. You are fully faithful to your Word, to your Ways, to your Wonderous Character. You are faithful in the midst of whatever you allow into our lives, be it pleasant or painful.
Thank you that your every action is righteousness and every decision is just. And I thank you even more that you, in your wisdom and goodness have caused mercy to triumph over justice. I give you honor and glory for the protection you provide as you act righteously and exercise justice. Help us, too, to be righteous and just.]
“O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.”
[You are the One who keeps us alive, giving us breath, food, water and protection. Without you we would perish immediately, for we, in our old nature, deserve to be immediately snuffed out, with no recourse.
But, in your inscrutable love, you keep us alive, watch over us and invite us into your plans in spite of our inabilities and liabilities. May we remember our weakness and thereby be humble and obedient before you.]
Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love!
[It is not only the outstanding, fundamental quality of your being, Lord God, but more deeply, unfailing love is what you are. You are Love itself, therefore you can never not love. Praise you for this powerful, unending Truth which influences every aspect of our existence.
Living in this love is the basic desire of our hearts, for you created us to exist in such a relationship with you. And through Christ you have restored us to it, rescuing us from exile, from extinction, from extermination, while bringing us into your wonderful presence, your warm embrace, your wide-ranging plan. In this you will restore the whole of creation to its original pristine and perfect condition.
Help us ever be in awe of your unfailing love, to remain in your lavish love, loving you back well. “This is love for God: to keep his commandments, and his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3]