Psalm 145 (NIV) A psalm of praise. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is theLord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Love Requires Compassion
This Wednesday, Christians all over the world will start the season of Lent and millions of Americans will also celebrate Valentine’s Day. I find it interesting that this year both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are the same. One day commemorates the beginning of the Holy Trinity’s biggest act of love towards humanity. The other day is set aside for humanity to celebrate love towards one another. Whether the love be filial or erotic, Psalm 145 suggests that it is very hard to demonstrate true love without some level of compassion towards one’s love interest.
True love requires a shared experience that often leads to an empathetic connection. Psalm 145: 8- 9 reminds us that graciousness, patience, and compassion are the hallmarks of love. Thankfully, they are also the hallmarks of our God and creator.
On this Wednesday, I encourage you to be happy and optimistic for your future, regardless of whether ornate you have a Valentine. Know that your Creator is looking down on you and loves you. Know that there is nothing that can separate you from God’s love. Indeed Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday should be linked together because Jesus going to Jerusalem and willingly dying on a cross was all based on love: Love that we could be saved! Love that we could be healed! Love that we could have inner joy, inner peace, and inner wisdom that is so overflowing within us that we could change ourselves and change our world!
On this Wednesday, let us all celebrate our Savior, ourselves, someone we know, AND someone that we don’t really know. As we recommit ourselves to cause of Christ, let us also recommit ourselves to sharing the love of Jesus. And let compassion be the hallmark of the love that we share. Our very creation and existence is based on love and compassion. Compassion is who and what our God is. It is also who and what we were created to be.