One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Psalms.
“I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.” ~Psalms 40:10
The Good News has always been “Good News!”
Coming out of Easter, we might be tempted to think that Jesus’ sacrifice changed God’s mind from hatred to love as if it were a bribe meant to persuade God into loving us. This misconceptions revolves around a significant misunderstanding of the Trinity, but more importantly it assumes that the Good News of God’s love, faithfulness, and justice are reserved for the New Testament only.
This could not be farther from the truth! God’s love and justice for us is the same yesterday, today, and forever and Easter represents the epitome of that love and justice. At the cross and in the empty tomb, Jesus, a fully invested member of the Trinity, revealed the full extent of God’s good love as he satisfied the demands of his own good justice!
The Good News of God’s great love for us didn’t become “good” at Easter, it simply became more visible for all to see, know, and experience.
The Good News has always been, and always will be, “Good News!”
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?