Bible Notes: God the Only Cause and Creator

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This is a beautifully structured verse of Hebrew poetry, and the colon in the middle is a hint about how to understand its full message. The first half of the verse states the truth that the LORD is good to all; and the second half clarifies what goodness is and then makes it clear that the LORD is God. As we have learned in the past, racham, here translated tender mercies, is one of the divine attributes from Ex. 34:6, which Psalm 145:8 quoted. In verse 9, the psalmist elaborates. Goodness in the LORD means that he is merciful, compassionate. Furthermore, the LORD is not merely good to all—as a human might be unfailingly kind—but he is good to (all his creatures). His goodness is the basis of life. If we think for a moment of the LORD as the immortal Principle of what he creates, it is a great mercy that he governs all his works.

Greek: Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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