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Psalm 113 (NIV) 

Exodus 23:1-8 (NIV)

Romans 3:1-8 (NIV) 

In these three passages we learn of the greatness, faithfulness, justice, truthfulness, and mercy of God.  And yet there’s more as you read through them.

The Psalm is all about the praise of God.  Praise God always each and every day.  You get the sense that if we don’t praise God the praise of God is incomplete.

Why praise God?  God is the creator and we are invited to be his servants. God is greater than any and all of the nations. And this powerful God is also a God of compassion for “7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 8 he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people. 9 He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children.”

How wonderful to have a compassionate God who cares for hurting and broken people.  Since God is compassionate and also just, we read in Exodus 23 how we should then live.  God’s people are instructed to live with each other in truthfulness, justice, and mercy.

Finally, just as the Jewish people were “entrusted with the very words of God” (Romans 3:2), the Old Testament.  We too have been entrusted with not just the Old Testament but also the New Testament.  God is faithful in bringing his word and ways to his people in every age.  While having God’s word is an advantage we know that like all people in any age we sin and fall short.

We need to remember that God is against whatever is sin for sin hurts others, the creation, and separates us from God.  Even though God is full of grace and compassion we should not sin more, that God’s grace, truthfulness, and glory may increase or abound.

Praise and celebrate the Lord today.  Give thanks to the God who is faithful forever.

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