God’s Great Patience

Worship Thoughts for Sunday 6.9
I empathize with Habakkuk when he wants to see the wicked punished, and the righteous protected. Even Asaph in Psalm 73 expressed a similar frustration at the apparent good that the wicked enjoy, while the righteous suffer. But, is this a biblical perspective of ourselves? Does the Bible identify us as righteous and innocent?

Consider what is written about man’s right standing in the Bible. Scripture says that man is corrupt, commits vile deeds, and does nothing that is good (Ps. 14:1; Rom. 3:10-18). Psalm 53 puts it very clear: “God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, who seeks after God….There is no one who does good, not even one” (Ps. 53:2-3). Therein lies the dilemma. When one calls for God’s judgment on unrighteousness, they call judgment upon themselves.

But God’s Great Patience! Had it not been for His long-suffering, you and I may have met His judgment. You see, God is immense and powerful, sovereign in all things, right to execute judgment at any moment. But He is rich in love and slow to anger (Ex. 34:6-7; Ps. 103:8-14). Although His name is great, His heart is kind, “not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). The Christian is called righteous, given a righteousness earned by Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1-11).

Dwelling on God’s patient and kind heart while the world remains wicked causes me to worship. The last song we will sing this Sunday is 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord). The middle verse is this: “You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger. You’re name is great and you’re heart is kind. For all your goodness we will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find.”

Here are the songs we are singing this week

The Power of the Cross – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Majestic – Lincoln Brewster
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman