Who He Is
The entire Bible is about God and who He is. As we read, if we keep that in mind and think about what it is saying about God, then we will get to know Him better.
In the past two days, we looked at Psalm 103 as a whole and then honed in on Verses 1-5. Today, we will be looking at Verses 6-8. This entire psalm is just such a wonderful picture of God and His great love for us! If you want to read the whole chapter, click on the first link above (in the first line of this paragraph).
Psalm 103:6-8 NIV
“The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
“He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
Let’s start in Verse 6 now:
“The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”
He is Working
We may never see it for ourselves, but God is working for those who are oppressed by others. He may use us at times to intervene but His hands are never tied. He is able to intervene at any time as He so chooses. We do not know the beginning and end of His plan for this person or situation. God does know and He is at work.
Now to Verse 7:
“He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel:”
Freeing from Slavery
God heard the cries of the Israelite people when they were enslaved to the Egyptians. He worked amazingly to put Moses in a place where He would later use him to intervene on their behalf. In God’s perfect time, He brought the Israelites out of Egypt with Moses leading them.
He did countless miracles as He brought them out of slavery and into the land He had promised them. He made a way for them to get through the Red Sea to the other side on dry ground and away from the pursuing Egyptian army! God made water come from a rock when they could not find fresh water to drink. Then, He made food fall out of the sky when they were hungry. He disciplined them and then He healed them. He proved over and over to them that He is God and He was faithful to them even when they were not faithful to Him.
He was and is consistent in who He is. He does not change.
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
If you look at the sentence structure, you will see that (in the NIV) this is following the colon at the end of Verse 7. So, the psalmist is saying that this is what God revealed about Himself to Moses and the Israelite people.
Let’s Break It Down into Smaller Parts:
“The LORD is compassionate…”
The AMP uses the word “merciful”. Compassion and mercy are interchangeable with love in Scripture. So, the LORD is loving.
(Reminder: LORD in all caps is the covenant name that the Israelites use for God – Yahweh.)
God is full of grace. What does that mean?? To show or give grace to someone is to give them something that they do not earn or deserve. Though we deserve hell because we all sin, we have been given a way to salvation. God made a way for us to live for Him on earth and live with Him throughout all eternity when we die. The key is that we must receive it. We can refuse the terms and live without Him in this life and be separated from Him in hell for all eternity.
How often have you been given something that you did not earn or deserve?
Bears With Us
“…slow to anger…”
Have you ever been around a quick-tempered person? You never quite know what to expect, do you? God is not quick-tempered but bears with us as we learn and grow in our faith and grow in our relationship with Him.
Has Plenty of Love
“…abounding in love.”
He is abounding in love. Abounding is an old word that we do not hear much anymore. It means there is plenty of whatever it is talking about. So, God has plenty of love for us. His love is huge and it is boundless. It does not have boundaries or limits.
God has so much love that He has enough for every human being who has ever lived and who ever will. Wow! It is just crazy that anyone would refuse it. His love can and will absolutely change our lives – for the better!
God, please help us to understand that You love us personally and boundlessly!
He loves you! and He loves me! He loves us more than we can grasp!
AW Tozer said, “What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”
That is so true! Today, let’s ask God to help us believe that He loves us deeply, personally, and individually… because He does!
Thank You, Lord, for Your great and amazing love. Thank You that You made a way through Jesus’s death on the cross for us to be reconciled to You for now and all eternity. Help us to live in Your love and help us to live to love You back. Please make us what You want us to be. In Jesus’s holy name, I pray. Amen.
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