Psalm 86:5 “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
First and foremost, I like to welcome you to the month of August. The word “august” in English also means very important or very special. So, a special greetings and welcome into the month of very important people which I am one of and I’m sure you’re very important too. I wish all of us the best in this month that will usher us into the last quarter of the year. God bless and keep you.
The Psalmist in the scripture above describes God as;
2. Ready to forgive…, and
3. Plenteous in mercy.
And all these is tied to a set of people; “those who call upon Him.”
Many times, we find it very difficult to believe these attributes about God. We see and paint God as wicked, ready to punish and full of wrath to everybody even when you call him and err. It’s the devil that has distorted our understanding of God. If we know God as we ought to know Him, we would realise that about 70% of what we assume about Him are wrong and out of place. And that’s why we need to maintain a closely connected ever growing relationship with Him so much so that we can learn Him day after day as we walk with Him.
God is Good. Even when Jesus Christ, the exact representative of the Father was addressed as Good, he rejected it and gave it to God as being the only Good one. Here is what Jesus of Nazareth was trying to achieve, no man in the human state and form is worthy to be called good except God. Whatsoever God calls good is, and whatsoever he lebels evil or bad is.
God was described in the scripture as the “Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” What this means is He is everly Good, there is no corruption or evil in Him. All He does is good. One of the emphasis repeated in Psalms is that “God is good” and this is necessary so we can know that God is good. Therefore, we are certain that “all good gifts and perfect gifts come from Him.”
Apart from the truth that God is good, He is also ready to forgive. The word good can also mean that there is no fault in Him, yet He is eager to forgive our faults and wrongdoings. He doesn’t love sin but loves a sinner unto repentance. God is not always ready to punish or destroy someone because of sin or wrong acts, no. God instructs us to “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God , I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11. At times, the gospel looks too good to be real to the natural man but we must take it wholly to avoid distorted truths. God wants the sinner to turn from their evil ways, and He is always ready to forgive.
Lastly, God is full of mercy. This looks and sounds contrary to what many knows about God. We assume and think that God is full of wrath towards people. But the Psalmist shows us that God is full of mercy. He is love and out of His love towards us, He shows compassion in mercy. Mercy is an extension of God’s love to us. Though we are deserving of wrath/punishment, He shows us mercy by forgiving us and showing us good. God is full of mercy.
But you may not be able to benefit from all these except you learn to call Him. Many run away from God because of these perceived misconception of God’s attribute and refuse to call on Him. Some people fall into sin and they hate to even dare to ask God for mercy, forgiveness and a show of Goodness to them. Even in your worst state, if you call unto God, He will answer you and show you mercy.
This is not to commend our wrong doings, neither are we ratifying lawlessness but this is an attempt to say God is good to them that call Him. He is ready to forgive all them that call Him. And He is full of mercy to all who call Him. Let nothing whatsoever strain you from calling on God however your state and act of wrongdoing. He knows how to wash and cleanse you from your filth. Rather than run away from him, run towards Him and He will save you completely. Have a blessed week and month ahead. God bless you.