Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verses: (8-9)
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.
Reflection: Later in James we will read that as disciples and followers of Christ we are to be slow to anger and full of compassion. Of course we are! It is a noble and worthy pursuit as we begin a new day and new week to seek what is best from within in order to bless and encourage those around us.
But sometimes I can’t. Maybe more times than I admit, I fail. Anger being the drug that it is just feels good in the moment, it releases me from responsibility and creates an alternate reality where I for a time am powerful and faultless. But it doesn’t last because it isn’t true. Anger robs me of power more than it gives me anything. The Lord is slow to anger because the Lord is not seduced by its destructive tricks. The Lord knows that true power is found not in anger but in love and compassion. Compassion means to co-suffer, a word that reveals God’s motivations. God chooses to suffer with rather than accuse or blame.
I don’t know what I am capable of this week, but I trust what God is able to do with me and all of creation. With God’s help perhaps, I pray, I can be slow to anger and abounding in love.
Prayer: God who is quick to love, responsive with mercy, swift to save and generous with grace — I praise you. I also seek you so that all I do this week may reflect you, imitate you and honour you. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].