“8 The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The LORD is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The LORD is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.
14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.” NRSV
Here, the Psalmist reminds us of the true scope of God’s love and kindness, “The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.” Though many try to redefine the word for their own ends, “all” means all! We can choose to live beyond the reach of God’s goodness and compassion. The choice to move to such a heartless and self-centered place is always ours to make. Many have. My prayer is that we remain true to the choice already made and bask in the rays of God’s goodness and compassion for all.
Be a blessing, the source of goodness and compassion, to someone today!