This week in our reading, we hit Psalm 36:5-6:
5 Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. (NLT)
Using images from nature, King David describes God’s love for his children in pretty amazing terms. Vast as the heavens and reaching beyond the clouds, God’s unfailing love can be counted on. When I lived in Switzerland, I was in a high altitude village that overlooked a mountain range and dwarfed everything else. Every day, I would look out at the enormous peaks and acknowledge just how tiny I was in comparison. Human love is equally tiny and feeble compared to God’s. That God has “unfailing love” is something I have a tough time grasping. Human love, even the greatest, is marred by selfishness. We love until we don’t get what we want and then we pull back. But God’s love is not weak or temperamental. His love is perfect. Now we have to be careful how we assess His love toward us. How He expresses His love isn’t always going to make sense to us. Like a young child doesn’t often understand the reasoning of a loving parent, there will be many times where God responds counter to our ideas and desires.
Easter reminds me that God has no limit to what He will do to care for those He loves. The cross and empty tomb are even more impressive than the highest mountain or deepest ocean!