A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
We are told so often Father God was a mean God in the Old Testament.
David knew God to be forgiving and the utmost in willing to Bless. When the Prophet Gad came to David and said David had brought God’s sin to Israel for taking the census after being told not to count all the people (probably prevent pride in himself); David taught Gad about God's nature.
David told Gad, "Let God decide, His Will is the best solution, is the best for healing."
And Father God understood perfectly, David trusted God when David was a flawed man. David would rely upon Father God.
Remember in Matthew 20:
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
Jesus certainly knew the fate of Peter. Short and long term.
28“You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
What is the difference?
James knew Jesus had spoken, trouble was to come. James became afraid and deserted Jesus.
John knew Jesus had spoken, trouble was to come. Jesus needed John, John would stay near Jesus. The cup that Jesus was to drink, did not fall harshly on John.
See John's Patmos view:
This is only about the nature of Father God. When we draw near to God and stay with Him in faith. He wants to bless us.
John truly understood seeing the Father in seeing Jesus. John because he believed was able to do this:
25“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?g 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Edward and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Monday. This always says love makes a place where hearts are safe, ideas are exchanged, selfishness forgiven and hope, faith and love encouraged. No marriage is without flaws and only in the Grace God gives us can we go forth.
Give us Your Holy Spirit to help us please You in our decisions.
When we are concerned, we will pray. And draw upon Your Comfort.
In Jesus. Amen.