The Immeasurable Goodness of our God

Psalm 36:5-6 describes four qualities of God in the following manner:

— :5a “Your lovingkindness, O Lord, reaches to the heavens”

— :5b “Your faithfulness to the skies”

— :6a “Your righteousness is like the mountains of God”

— :6b “Your judgments are like a great deep”

Four specific qualities are listed: lovingkindness, faithfulness, righteousness, judgment. And what this Psalm tells us about each of these is remarkable:

Each one of the qualities of God, according to this Psalm, exists in VAST quantities. Notice how they are described: “to the heavens … to the skies … like the mountains of God … like a great deep”. (“Mountains of God” is a Hebrew idiom, meaning “great or mighty” mountains.)  So what the Psalm is proclaiming is that God does not just “barely” have these qualities; He has them each in infinite measure.

How grateful we can be of it, too.  God’s “lovingkindess” towards us (Martin Luther said that the Hebrew word “chesed” here is the best Old Testament word for “grace”) is so great that it reaches to the heavens!  We need that!   He will not fail us, or give up on us, for His faithfulness is to the skies!  He does not “toy” with us; but is a holy God, whose righteousness is like immovable mountains.  And though we do not always understand what He is doing, we can trust that His judgments are “like a great deep” — beyond our comprehension — yet always wise and good.

No wonder the next verse (:7) says “the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” The love and grace, faithfulness and wisdom, that God has towards us cannot be measured!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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