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The Lenten Journey – A Daily Measure

A Daily Measure
Psalm 36:5-11

Some years ago I had the privilege of hearing the Birmingham Boys Choir give life to this hymn. As I sat listening, I was called to a moment of deep appreciation of just how tremendous God’s love for us is. Their faces were bright as they sang:

“There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.”
Frederick William Faber, 1862

I am certain David felt just that when he penned this Psalm of simple comparisons. In Psalm 36, David endeavors to use those things God created to give us clarity on the expansive width of the care God has for us. In sharp contrast to the evil of the world, God provides a loving kindness that can only be likened to the heights of the heavens; a faithfulness that stretches to touch the clouds unseen with the naked eye. God’s righteousness is rock solid as a mountain and His judgments akin only to the depths of great oceans.

For me, it magnifies what we many times take for granted in our daily travels: God’s greatness is always visible if we would only take a moment to grasp it. Yet as we look deeply inside ourselves during this Lenten season, the songwriter challenges us to embrace an attitude of renewed faith, trust and gratefulness as we reflect on God’s goodness toward us. Closing my eyes, I recall the last lines of the hymn:
“If our love were but more faithful, we should take him at his word;
And our life would be thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord.”

Rev. Carmen Walker
Mt. Zion AME Church
Opelika, AL



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  1. Denise Richardson says:

    How great is our God!God’s mercy is beyond our understanding.

  2. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Thank you for sharing and May God continue to shower you with his grace.

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