Edward Bennett William was a well-known Washington, DC trial attorney. When he was on his deathbed in 1988 a visitor mentioned all the power and influence he wielded. He is quoted as saying, “Power? I’m about to meet real power.”[i] The ominous tone in that statement is very telling; Mr. William understood the power of God was much greater than any power you encounter in political settings here on earth.
It is so wonderful that the Psalmist included the other thing he heard God say – that he was “very kind”.
Of the two things the Psalmist heard, I personally believe the emphasis is stronger on “kindness” (lit: loving-kindness, the covenant mercy of God).
I count on that!
At my age it doesn’t take a whole lot of math or convincing to know that my physical power is on the downhill side. That aside, who is strong enough to stand before God and muscle it out with Him anyway? Even Arnold Schwarzenegger in his Terminator days would have melted away in an instant.
I stepped into the elevator at a hospital one time. There was a young mother with her little boy already there. The little guy was standing near the buttons. He looked up and asked me, Are ya’ goin’ all the way up? I answered, Yes…some day!
Hebrews 9:27 says, We die only once, and then we are judged (CEV). That means we are all going “all the way up” when death comes. It’s not difficult to imagine the power of God, considering the vastness of the universe He created. But there is no need to fear that power if you’ve accepted the loving-kindness of His covenant mercy. It was offered to all of us at the cross.