What am I like? What kind of a person am I? Who am I when people watch me? Am I the same person when no one is watching? Character, the ability to demonstrate who I am, the qualities that define me. Given a new situation, changed circumstances, I want the same qualities to shine through.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. For you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God. But you, O Lord are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86: 5, 8, 10, 15 (NIV)
If Psalm 86 were a CV for God, you couldn’t help but be impressed. The list of character qualities used to describe God is lengthy. It’s not just a list, either. Multiple examples are given demonstrating that God not only has the attribute but He’s used it in His interactions with David, the writer. That’s strong evidence. Proof that God has been moving and active in his life.
God is described as One who hears and answers, guards and saves. He is merciful, a joy giver, forgiving, good, and abounding in love. He is the maker, great, and does marvelous deeds. He fulfills specific roles in David’s life. He is a teacher, the One who loves him, and a deliverer. God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and faithful. He is a strength giver, a demonstrator, a helper, and a comforter.
Only someone like my God could have that list of qualities like that created for Him. He is consistent in all He does. Circumstances cannot and will not change who He is. His mood is not affected by how He wakes up in the morning. His personality does not change after He fully wakes up with His morning cup of coffee. He is faithful and true – consistent in who He is.
It would be incredible to have a character quality list like this. It would be even more amazing if I could consistently demonstrate those qualities. Too often, I am blown around by circumstance. My mood can shift faster than I would like. Discouragement can sneak its slimy fingers into my heart. I can lose sight of what God wants for me. But I am so grateful that I have a Father God who loves me deeply. The same character He demonstrated to David He demonstrates to me for God’s character cannot change. God faithfully loved David and He faithfully loves me. He is slow to anger, merciful and gracious to me and I am in constant need of his forgiveness. He continues to teach me His way which is a really good thing because I have not nearly finished learning everything I am meant to learn from Him.
Thank you, God. Thank you for being the amazing God you are. Thank you for never changing, for being so incredibly faithful. Thank you for the love You lavish on me over and over again. I am so grateful to be Your child. Your tender care for me is all over my life. Thank you for all you do. You are my God! Amen.