Here are a couple of verses I have read many times, but today they made more sense than ever before. At least how I’m interpreting them.
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11-12)
I think what the Psalmist is saying is that God had shared His love with Him. God had literally said, “I love you.” He has to us also. Throughout the Bible we can see God telling His people and the world of His great love. One famous verse, of course, tells us that “God so loved the world…. that He sent His son…” (You probably know that verse!) The Psalmist had heard others talk about God’s great love too! It’s hard not to talk about such Amazing Grace!
At the same time, the Psalmist had heard about God’s strength, yet God had never said to him, “I am strong!”. God never bragged about His power. I suppose He never had to. When you can part the sea, raise the dead and put stars in the sky, you don’t have to convince people you have muscles.
It also seems that Jesus lived His life that way as well. He was always telling of His love, but He never seemed to brag about His strength, but news of His love and strength spread quickly throughout the world at the time.
I wonder if there is a lesson there for us as well, as leaders and as the church. As we strive to be like Jesus, maybe we don’t need to brag about or even share with others how big, how powerful and wonderful we are. Perhaps we just need to tell others how much we love them. News of that, and our majestic acts, will spread quickly without our help.
Just a thought.
(I realize the concept of a phrase or word being repeated in the Bible gives it double emphasis. I love how a passage, though it has only one meaning, may have numerous applications.)