Wide-Open Field of Love

But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but GOD stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field;I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! Psalm 19:16-19

Has anyone asked you where God really is? Is he really in heaven? Look at the skies, the beautiful sunsets and sunrise. They are God’s welcome mat. The sun bursts are his windows to the world. He is the light. Amidst all of the beauty, how in the world does he see beyond the sunrise to us? How does he take notice of everything we do? But he does.

How does God know when we hate someone? Doesn’t he have to take care of all the birds and clothe and feed them? Yet God knows every single human being and what their heart looks like. When we hate, God knows it. he reaches from sky to sea to pull us out of that “ocean of hate”. Oceans, in this verse, means a very large expanse or quantity. It means a lot of hate. God wants us to understand that this kind of hate can drown out our entire lives. We will be so consumed with hate, that we cannot even enjoy life. This is exactly what Satan wants for people.

Hate is chaos and it is an enemy. We should never let hate consume us. This is when we pray and ask God for strength to change to love. It was interesting to watch an old YouTube video this week of all the families facing the Green River Serial Killer, Gary Ridgway, for the 1st time after sentencing. Many of them had the “ocean of hate” flow out of their mouths calling him a monster. The killer’s face was motionless. Than a heavy-set old man with suspenders and a Santa beard made the statement to him that many of the families hated him and called him a monster. He advised, though his child had been killed, that he could not do hate, and stated “You sir are forgiven”. The Green River Killer who had killed over 48 woman broke down in tears. Maybe he understood (verse 16 – But me he caught – reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that ocean of hate, the enemy chaos – the void in which i was drowning”.)

When we are down is when Satan comes swinging. This is when we fall off the diet, fall into sin, cheat, steal, when we are down. We forget when we are down, that God sticks by us. He doesn’t leave. He is still there. We tend to forget, and we get bitter. We become haters. We begin to drown when the entire time, God reached down from the sky and then later arrives on scene. We do our own triage and quick assessment on any damage. We quickly call it. It is over. We forget to see God past the hate and into the suffering, pain, and failure.

When we finally get to the point of seeing God past our pain, is when the field comes into view. No longer is death and anger and hate drowning our mind. Once we accept the forgiveness and love and grace of God, we can then sense the field. We are in the center of this field. A field of flowers and lush grass. A field wide-open. In that field, while we wonder why we are here. We look around and realize. We look around and are shocked. We look around saved. We look around surprised – that God loves us. We shackle ourselves in prisons of hate and shame. God wants to set us in a wide-open field, with no chains, no guards, no beatings, no punishment. He loves you so much.

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