When I slow down enough to really let the Word of God and the character of God grab hold of my heart, it takes my breath away. The love and faithfulness, the righteousness and justice of our Lord are real. They are eternal and available to us, every breathing moment of our lives. We all need to slow down and let our eternal God take our breath away. When we do, God will give it right back again. Restoring and refreshing not only our breathing, but also our very lives.
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. – Psalm 36:5-6
Breathe. Just Breathe. Stop rushing, working, planning, doing. Breathe in the truth that you are more than what you do. Breathe in the truth that you are loved passionately, unfailingly by the eternal God of all creation, of all time and space. Pretty breath-taking to think about, isn’t it?
Let this take your breath away: God’s love reaches to the heavens. God’s faithfulness reaches to the skies. Think about the immeasurable expanse of the heavens and skies. No expert astronomer has yet been able to define their true limits. The vast, unending beauty and wonder of the sun, the moon, the stars, the galaxies, the universe cannot be fully captured or accurately measured by any human means. So it is with God’s love for you and God’s faithfulness to you. They have no limits. No boundary lines exist. God’s love and faithfulness are eternal, unfailing and absolutely indescribable in their beauty, wonder and expanse.
Let this take your breath away: God’s righteousness is like the highest mountains. God’s righteousness is majestic, unwavering, immovable, clearly seen and known for what it is – for all who will look upon it. God’s righteousness is truth. Just because someone has never seen the Himalayas, Alps or Andes does not mean they do not exist. When they are seen, these high and mighty mountains absolutely dominate the panorama. So it is with God’s righteousness. Our standards for, and perspectives on, what is right and good are completely dwarfed in the presence of the high and mighty mountain of God’s righteousness. It is upon God’s righteousness that we must set our eyes; and allow God’s righteousness to stand firm and powerful in our lives.
Let this take your breath away: God’s justice is like the great deep. Our very existence is intricately tied to the great deep, to the waters of this world. The waters bring nourishment and healing to many. Our harvests depend on the rains. The waters unite and divide us – bringing together peoples and nations within the continents while separating others by enormous, watery distances. The great deep is filled with life and mysteries that we have not even begun to understand. So it is with God’s justice. God’s justice nourishes and heals us as we seek His ruling and ways. God’s justice brings a harvest of true followers as we humble ourselves before Him. God’s justice will either unite us or divide us. We will either be God’s people standing with Him, acknowledging His just judgment, or we will not be God’s people, and will be separated from Him, by God’s same just judgment. God’s justice is far deeper than our thoughts can comprehend. God’s justice is full of life and mystery, able to see beneath the surface and circumstances of our lives. God always sees us clearly, always judges us rightly, because God’s justice is always based on His love, faithfulness and righteousness.
Let that take your breath away. And give it right back again with wonder. Now breathe.