What's calling for your attention? What's demanding to be done and requiring your energy and focus? We have emails to be answered, phone calls that need to be made, church events to plan, church functions to attend, dinner that must be made, groceries to grab in order to make the dinner, children to encourage, a spouse to love, and so on and so forth. But with all of these various good things pulling for our attention every day, it can be easy to forget about those who need care.
Throughout Scripture, we see God's care for those in need, and it is also reflected in his character. As his redeemed image-bearers, God has given Christians a call to care as well.
It can seem more reverent to wonder at the majesty and holiness of God. God is worthy of all of our awe, and it is good to fear the Lord. But have you ever given much thought to how intimate God’s love and care is for people? And I don’t mean his care through salvation. We know that his ultimate display of love is through his sacrifice of his unique Son, Jesus. There's no doubt about that. But as I read the beginning of Psalm 68, I'm reminded of one of God's attributes: God is love.
God of Wonders
We get a glimpse of his holiness in the first two verses of Psalm 68, "God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him! As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!" (Psalm 68:1–2).
There is no one like our God, and no enemy could ever overtake him. Even those who hate him will flee and be driven away. The Lord our God is indeed a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29), but the righteous will be glad and exult before God. The righteous have nothing to fear (as in fearing his wrath) and are jubilant with joy (Psalm 68:3).