Journey to Jerusalem Day 2
Thursday, February 27 Psalm 103:8-14
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103 is an awesome Psalm of praise from David as he mediates on the blessings of God. David makes no requests or complaints in this Psalm but extols the Lord and the things he has done. David tells us that God loves us because he created us and knows us inside and out, “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
Even though we are dust, think about how wonderful God is to us. He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, does not chide (accuse), does not stay angry, does not deal with our sins (missing the mark of God’s perfection) and iniquities (wickedness of heart) because we, who believe in him, are his children and he deals with us accordingly. He will fling our transgressions away further than we can comprehend. God has dealt with His Son instead of giving us what we deserve.
To those who fear the Lord he will show compassion and steadfast love. We, who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, even though we are only dust, will also share in the benefits of God’s love and compassion that David was praising.
And we should be praising the Lord as well.
Thank you, Lord, for the bountiful blessing that you have bestowed upon your children! We praise you for your compassion and enduring love for your creation. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.