• Joanne Charles

God's generosity

This morning I read Psalm 26, and the first verse stopped me in my tracks.

Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. [ESV]

Help! I can’t declare this about myself in all good conscience. I have walked at times without integrity, and my trust in the Lord is often wobbly. I’m in danger, when I read a Psalm like this, of being struck and paralysed by guilt.

But in my inability to say these words, Jesus steps in. He, who sang these songs in His time on earth and lived them perfectly, will one day return and take me to sing perfectly with Him.[1]

I am also currently reading John’s gospel, and this has specifically helped me to walk in integrity without wavering. I have been struck by God’s bountifulness as shown to us by Christ. I’m only at Chapter 4, but have noticed afresh so many examples of our Father’s generous character.

In the prologue we’re reminded of the true light that gives light to everyone (1:9), that all who believe will receive life (1:12), that He is full of grace and truth (v.14), and that from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace (v.16). There is an astonishing plenitude that overflows from the Father, through the Son, to us.

Then we see the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (1:29) and who changes water into fantastic and abundant wine (2:9). He also drives out the sellers and money-changers in the temple (2:15).