Enjoying His Compassion

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Enjoying His Compassion
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 103. This song of praise both begins and ends with the exclamation, "Praise the LORD, O my soul." The entire psalm is a tribute to God's goodness, but I want to direct your attention, especially to verses 8-18, which magnify God's compassion.
 
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
 
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever, he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
 
For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us.
 
As the Father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him, for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
 
 As for a man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower in the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
 
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children, with those who keep his covenant and remembers to obey his precepts.
 
'Note that three times in verses 11, 13, & 17, the psalmist refers to God's love and compassion to those who fear him. And note the superlatives he uses. God's love is as high as the heavens are above the earth (verse 11). He removes our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west (verse 12). And his love is from everlasting to everlasting (verse 17). All three expressions suggest his infinity. God's love and compassion are infinite towards those who fear him.
 
Today the word compassion is used for pity or for the desire to relieve someone's distress. Psalm 103, however, refers to God's patience and forgiveness.
 
The overall message of this portion of Psalm 103 can be summed up in the words of verse 3: it is God who forgives all your sins. This is the promise to those who fear him. He forgives all our sins. Perhaps that is why Psalm 103 is one of my favorites. The longer I live, the more I see the sinful corruption of my heart, yet the more I see the mercy of God's love and compassion towards me. I'm glad that the fear of the Lord has more to do with God's character than mine.
 
So, we see the promises of God's blessing to those who fear him: his provision, protection, guidance and compassion. Both these blessings are promised to those who fear God. They do not come to us because we fear God. They come to us on the merit of Christ. He is the one who fully delighted in the fear of the Lord and the only one who has ever perfectly feared God. Our fear of the Lord is always imperfect and inadequate, and it could never on its own merit, earn one iota of the blessings God has promised to those who fear him.
 
So we do not fear God in order to earn his promised blessings. We fear him because of who he is and what he has done for us. And then, out of the riches of his own grace in Christ, he fulfills his promises to those who fear him, and thus he is glorified.'*
 
Thank you for your promise to all your children, that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins. I worship and praise you as the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Thank you God, that you are close to the broken hearted and you offer salvation to those who are crushed. Your compassion is great!
 
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he is made. Psalm 145:9
 
To you, Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, oh Lord, abounding in love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:4-5

 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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