It always seems an impossible task. We're asked to write a short autobiography--a few lines will do. What do we write, what do we write? How do you condense a person (and all that they are, for good or ill) down to a few lines? Yet, at the end, given that this person writes accurately, those few sentences will speak volumes.
So what does God say about himself? When Moses asks to see God's glory and to behold him better, God tucks Moses into the mountain and shows him his back, saying this:
"The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” - Exodus 34:6,7
Beyond question, God is holy and just. But also, he would tell you about his compassion for mankind, his patience, his faithfulness, his love.
LORD God, so often, we find our perceptions of you to be skewed. We underestimate your holiness; in our minds, we limit your love. Help us daily to know you better, that we might be conformed to your holiness and comforted by your compassion. Amen.