Psalm 110:1 is the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament while the most quoted verse (in whole or in part) in the whole Bible is probably Exodus 34:6-7. It is a majestic description of God's character which is quoted in Psalm 145. Exodus 34:6-7 says, " The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
As we read the Bible, and especially sections like the prophets and Revelation, it is important for us to come back to the character of God. We must remember that God is compassionate and gracious. This aspect of God is what allows us to have a relationship with him. It is only because of his initiative and love that we can draw near to him and experience his unconditional love. Yet he is also a God who must judge those who refuse to repent. Every generation has an opportunity to respond to his love, but if they do not, then they will experience his just response. Therefore, it is critical that we keep a fresh vision of God in front of us and continually put who he is, in front of others.
Question of the day: How should knowing the character of God transform your own character?
Father God, thank you that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Thank you for who you are and that because of your grace I can draw near to you. Amen.