34:21-35:16 – ‘If you have sinned’ (35:6). Let’s think about Job, Jesus and ourselves. (a) ‘Job feared God and shunned evil’ (1:1). He was not being singled out for special punishment – because he was much more sinful than anyone else. This does not mean he had never sinned (7:21; 13:26). (b) There is only One Man ‘without sin’ – our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). Did this mean that Jesus did not suffer? No! – ‘He suffered for us…He bore our sins…He died for us…He died for our sins’ (1 Peter 2:21-24; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3). (c) There’s no ‘if’ about it! When we sin – What are we to do? Like Job, we must trust in our ‘Redeemer’ – the Lord Jesus Christ (19:25). He gives ‘quietness’ and ‘songs in the night’ (34:29; 35:10). ‘Be still and know that He is God. Shout for joy to Him’ (Psalms 46:10; 98:4).
36:1-33 – ‘God is mighty, and does not despise any’ (5). God is great – great in power, great in love. How sad it would be if the God of great love had no power to save us! How terrifying it would be if the God of great power had no love in His heart for us! What a joy it is to know that He is both the God of great power and the God of great love! He is ‘abundant in power’ – and He loves us: ‘He heals the brokenhearted and…lifts up the downtrodden’. What can we say about this God of great power and great love? – ‘Praise the Lord!’. Let us ‘sing to the Lord with thanksgiving’. Let us ‘make melody to our God’. “It is good to sing praises to our God’ (Psalm 147:1-7). ‘How good is the God we adore! Our faithful, unchangeable Friend. His love is as great as His power and knows neither measure nor end’ (Mission Praise, 244).
37:1-24 – ‘The Almighty is great in power and…He does not oppress’ (23). God’s power is loving power. His love is powerful love. In Jesus Christ, we see God’s power – ‘He is able to save to the uttermost all who come to God through Him’ – and God’s love – ‘I will never turn away anyone who comes to Me’ (Hebrews 7:25; John 6:37). In our world, the love of power has become a very destructive thing. In Jesus Christ, we see something quite different – the power of love. He uses His power to show us His love. He shows us His love when – through His mighty power – He saves us. As you think of the Lord Jesus Christ – His loving power, His powerful love – , let ‘His love and power control all you do and say’: ‘More love, more power, more of You in my life’ (Church Hymnary, 432; Songs of Fellowship, 392).