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Compassionate, Gracious God
Bible Passage Psalm 103: 8-17
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Psalm.

Compassionate, Gracious God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 13, 2023

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, patient, and abundantly rich in gracious love.

9 He does not maintain a dispute continuously or remain angry for all time.

10 He neither deals with us according to our sins, nor repays us equivalent to our iniquity.

11 As high as heaven rises above earth, so his gracious love strengthens those who fear him.

12 As distant as the east is from the west, that is how far he has removed our sins from us.

13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we were formed, aware that we were made from dust.

15 A person’s life is like grass— it blossoms like wild flowers,

16 but when the wind blows through it, it withers away and no one remembers where it was.

17 Yet the LORD’s gracious love remains throughout eternity for those who fear him and his righteous acts extend to their children’s children.

Psalm 103 was written by David, probably when he was an old man. The Psalm reminds his audience to praise the Lord for various reasons.

The psalm can be divided into three parts:

1. David must praise the Lord, verses 1-5

2. The love of the Lord to His covenant people, verses 6-18

3. The angels must praise the Lord, verses 19-22

If God acted only according to His justice, all sinners would perish. But to His justice, He adds His mercy, by which sinners may be forgiven.

God will not always contend with people or manifest His displeasure (see Isaiah 57:16; Ps 78:38-39). This implies that He may chide or rebuke His people, but that this will not be forever. He will punish them; He will manifest His displeasure at their sins; He will show that He does not approve of their course, but He will show that He “loves them,” and does not seek their ruin.

God will not cherish hatred when the object of chastisement is accomplished. It is not His character to retain anger for its own sake, or for any personal gratification.

Life is short and uncertain, but people can enjoy the everlasting blessings of God’s steadfast love if they are faithfully obedient (verses 15-18)

🔷 The blood of Jesus purges us of sin and makes us anew each day

🔷 God’s motive of punishment is only for our own good, to put us on the right path with the right standing with Him

🔷 God awaits us to come back to Him so He receives us in His arms opened

💥 Pray that God forgives all your sins
💥 Ask God to be merciful to the world

God is a merciful God whose motive for chiding His people is only to correct and put them on the right path. He does everything out of love and continues to give the opportunity to those who come to Him.

In series Bright Morning Reflections