As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. —- Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
Psalm 103 is one of the most famous of David’s psalms. His praises focused on the good things God was doing for him. It is easy to complain about life, but David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God – He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and gives righteousness and justice. We receive all of these without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult your life’s journey, you can always count your blessings – past, present, and future. when you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God, read David’s list:
Psalm 103 – Of David.
1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul.
In verse 13, it reveals that God is like a father – tender and compassionate. not every child has a tender and compassionate father, however, too often, sadly, the cycles of abuse and dysfunction rob children of loving fathers. if that is your situation, God offers himself to you to be the FATHER YOU NEVER HAD or perhaps felt you never needed. Of course, you can’t physically ‘go for a walk’ with God or be held in his arms, however, you can receive his LOVE in your heart by means of his Holy Spirit. God can tenderly heal your deep loss.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” — Exodus 34:6 (NIV)
Exodus 34 is about “The Covenant Renewed”:
After Moses led the Israel out of Egypt, they began to rebel against the Lord and they made up a golden calf to worship. Do you still remember yesterday’s verse, ‘You shall have no gods before me’? So God was angry and he wanted to leave Israel. But Moses asked God for his mercy upon his people and God was pleased with Moses and he relented. He promised Moses to stay with Israel to the Promised Land. Then Moses prayed and asked God to show his glory so that the people of Israel might know that the presence of the Lord was still with them. God was pleased with Moses and did the very thing that Moses asked.
Therefore we can see God’s presence in this verse in which God revealed himself: Mercy, grace, patience, love, and faithfulness.
Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we are created by a God who is not full of mercy, grace, patience , love and faithfulness? I would say it would be like if we are ruled by the worst dictator you can ever think of. We would live like slaves. But we are not slaves because we have a GOOD God. It says here he is the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Hallelujah! What else can we be more grateful to?
Let us conclude today’s verse with a song:
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate. Slow to anger and rich in love. And the Lord is good to all. He has compassion in all that He has made. As far as the east is from the west. That’s how far He has removed our transgressions from us!” — Lyrics by Graham Ord