In our reading from Psalm 111 we pause to reflect on the praiseworthy character of God. He is to be praised, not only because we happen to feel like it, but because of his works (v. 2). God is remembered by his people as gracious and merciful. He is the one who provides for all, with food, with his covenant promises, by doing justice, and proving to be trustworthy (vv. 4-7).
Very often it seems that the God of the Bible is disregarded. Those who have never had a coherent picture of the biblical faith choose to discard God’s person and character out of hand. Yet all too often, that rejection is based, not on the biblical account, but on the failings of some who claim God’s approval but who fall far short of a consistent testimony of God.
I would encourage anyone who rejects God to dig into Scripture anew. Read the texts. Allow them to speak for themselves. See what kind of God they describe. Find genuine understanding of the divine from the Scriptures, rather than from observing other people.
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