Four Qualities of God
Written by Leland Ping on Mar 09, 2016
The Bible is filled with particular passages that, in just a few words, completely capture the character traits or qualities of the Lord. In such passages, someone unfamiliar with the Creator will be quickly impressed with the greatness of God. And for those who have made it their objective to faithfully serve Him long ago, such passages are good reminders of the incredible nature of only true and living God. The author of Psalm 89, a man by the name of Ethan, recorded the following words about God: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14).
God is righteous. In some ways, a statement like this seems to be an understatement. Yet, it’s important to realize how true this is and what that means to us. In some versions, this word is rendered “justice” which can pose a bit of confusion. The word literally means that which is “right” or “correct.” There is nothing wrong about God for all that is right is of God. In an attempt to be more like God, we are trying to be more right.
Secondly, God is closely associated with justice. In some versions, the word is rendered “judgment” and it literally means a verdict pronounced by someone who has the authority to pronounce such a decision. Throughout the scriptures, God has not only been called “just” but His actions have testified to His justice. God rewards those who do His will. But He always punishes those who disobey Him and refuse to repent. Unless God did these things, He could not be the God of justice.
Thirdly, God is merciful. To show mercy is to show kindness or pity. The author of this Psalm clearly appreciated the pity that God had shown in the past and hoped for the same kindness in the future. Without God’s mercy, we have no hope for forgiveness, no hope for avoiding punishment, and no hope for an eternity with Him in heaven.
Finally, God is of truth. The word truth is the same word for “stability.” That is, God has never been nor will He ever be “wishy-washy.” He can be trusted to stand strong with what He has always said and commanded and is not subject to the whims of mankind. The Psalmist recognized this and so should we. In our defense of the truth, we are standing for something that is constant and that can be banked on. God is wonderful and the qualities mentioned here prove that fact!