Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The height of God's love

How high is God's love?

It extends to the heavens according to the psalmist (see Psalm 36).  I don't know exactly how high that is in feet or miles, but it feels pretty high to me.

The picture that comes to mind when I see that text and think about God's love is seeing mountains (which just so happen to be mentioned two phrases later in the Psalm).  We loved to go skiing when I was a kid and being from essentially flatland Texas, mountains were huge deals.  We'd scan the horizon for them and then get giddy when we got closer.

The thing about mountains is no one stands before them and thinks how great they themselves are.  They think about how awesome the mountains are.  They are majestic.  Awe-inspiring.  Overwhelming.  Reaching to the heavens.

God's love is like that.  High.  Majestic.  Awe-inspiring.  Overwhelming.  But no one stands before that kind of love and thinks how lovable they are or deserving of love they are.  They only think about the love that's out there before them.

That's why the cross is so powerful.  A permanent display of this heavenly high love.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...

Quick Addendum from a midmorning prayer:  Isaiah 54.10 says, "For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you..."  Not just majesty, permanency. Amen.

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