The Measure

My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. Psalm 71:15

David did not know the depths of God’s salvation, what it all entailed, nor do we. God’s salvation is so deep and wide it is beyond knowing. What is available to us in that gift? What does it mean that we have salvation? For multiplied many believers, it means one thing: we get to go to heaven when we die. For a smaller number, it means a closeness of God through Holy Spirit in this earthly life through a renewed spirit within. A smaller number still testify to a changed life and ability to rise above former defiling, deadly behaviors. But the gifts of God are far greater in scope and potential than we have grasped. The unplumbable depths will never run dry so that we can reach into that well of salvation (Isaiah 12:3) to meet any need.  Strength? Wisdom? Courage? Healing? Ability to forgive? It is all there, and more.

Like Dr. Seuss’  McElligot’s Pool, there are worlds hidden from the surface view which lead eventually from that shallow pool to the widest ocean.

We may not be able to measure God’s salvation gift, but we surely should “open the box” to explore what has been made available to us. Relying on Him in every situation enables us to see more of His attributes and His character, ultimately giving Him the thanks, praise and glory He deserves.

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The Unmeasurable One

Psalm 71:15 is a verse worthy of memorizing. “My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” Here in a nutshell is a truth we all need to grasp fully. We will never, ever plumb the depths and heights of who God is. We can measure, and study, and ponder all our lives long and be far short of seeing all of who He is. Beyond that, what is His righteousness, and how do we define it? The ultimate standard? The last Word? Or is it His holiness? Or His lack of darkness? We can exhaust ourselves trying to understand the inexhaustible God of all.

His salvation is another thing that is greater than our measure. Much of the church has reduced it to a simple formula “Come to Jesus and be saved!” In that reduction mush has been lost to us, for salvation incorporates His gift(s) to us which are without number, as He is. It is restoration, wholeness, purpose, dignity, delight – to name a few. When we begin to see just a bit of what that truly means then we cannot stop talking about it, just as the Psalmist said. “I will tell…all day long.” Far better to do that than trying to measure the immeasurable God.