Psalm 145:8-9 (KJV)
"The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all his works."
Of the many places I could begin to speak, I chose Psalm 145 because in these two verses our wonderful God is talking in a brief concise manner, that we can lay hold of. The beginning statement is that God is gracious. My understanding of the word gracious, in terms of God's nature, is that He is vitally connected to us. Graciousness has to do with everything that He is being poured into us to receive the Empowerment that is needed and necessary for us to be all we need to be and do all we need to do. It is a concise and simple description of a very profound thing that happens when we come into a relationship with God. There is a sense of awe at how fully engaged He is with us. Almost to the point of being overwhelmed to think within your mind, "This is too good to be true."
Not only is He gracious in His empowerment of us, but He is also full of compassion. That compassion, I would suspect, is referring to an overall flowing concern that has within it strength and action. God does not just sit by and watch things happen to us. He is actively engaged in the process of redemption within our lives. This area of scripture also suggests that God is slow to anger. Imagine being that intimate with us that he is willing to show us all that He does is based on mercy and that we do not need to run from Him, but run to Him. There is a contrast here in the eighth verse as it is translated in the KJV. It is simply one side speaking of anger and saying He is slow to it and the other side in regards to mercy. Mercy has to do relationally with unmerited favor.
Next week I would like to continue with this and explain it further, but I will end it here for now.