“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”  (Psalm 86:15, NIV)

God is powerful, but He isn’t expecting us to be strong.  Instead, God wants us to rely on His strength.

God is everywhere, but He never expects us to be in more than one place at one time.  Instead, God wants us to be sensitive to His calling, so that we will always be at the right place at the right time to do His work, according to His plan.

God is all-knowing, but He never requires us to have all of the answers.  Instead, God wants us to temper our measure of knowledge (however large or small) with wisdom.

In today’s psalm, David tells us that God is compassionate.  Who among us will choose to be like God in that regard?

David tells us that God is gracious.  Who among us would dare to be gracious?

God is slow to anger — and so should we.

God is abounding in love and faithfulness.  From the overflow of our heavenly Father’s love and faithfulness to us, we are expected to be channels of love and faithfulness to others.

This is what it means to be like our heavenly Father.  – Luther
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