A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 5

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 5 Psalms 103: 8-14 “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, it is great to know that God does not deal with us as believers, according to our sins. Because of what took place on Calvary, our sin debt has already been addressed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. David has done an excellent job painting this picture and showing us that our sins are so far removed from us. Therefore, we do not experience the complete wrath of God but His mercy. All of this because we are covered. Today in our selected devotional passage, David places before us the image of God as a compassionate father. Think about that for a moment, our God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing,...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 4

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 4 Psalms 103: 8-14 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Having five children, I often find myself having to administer some form of discipline when my kids misbehave. While I am responsible for correcting my children, I have also learned how important it is to constantly remind them how much I love them in spite of their behavior. In the same manner, we must remember as children of God although we disappoint Him because of our sin, neither does He stop loving us nor is He quick to handle us. Often we are hard on ourselves because of our sins. The guilt brings shame and isolation. Well, great news! Not only does the Lord put space between our sin and His anger, but His love for us is...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 3

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 3 Psalms 103: 8-14 “He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” We will often find ourselves in a position of needing the Lord to be merciful towards us.  It is an exciting thought to know God is both willing and able to forgive us and give us another chance to make things right. Let us consider this thought as we meditate on our devotional for today. Although we are guilty, God has not handled us in a way we deserve. Question: Where would any of us be if God handled us according to our sins? So, we are the guilty party and God has every right to be angry and dispense judgement on us. However, the devotional passage says, “He will not always strive with us,” this particular verse of our devotional uses legal...

A God of Wrath, Who is Merciful—Day 2

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A God of Wrath, Who is Merciful—Day 2 Psalms 103: 8-14 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” While meditating on this particular passage of the devotional, I could hear the words of David from II Samuel 24: 14, “Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” Question: Are we hard on others in their wrongdoings although we are recipients of the Lord’s great mercies? We all ought to be blessed to know, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” I do not know about you, however, when I miss the mark, I am grateful to know that the Lord is not quick to get angry with me. The word slow in our passage comes from the Hebrew word ârêk aw-rake; the word means indulgent. The word’s overall...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful

By on Jan 16, 2017 in A God of Wrath Who Is Merciful | 0 comments

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful Psalms 103: 8-14 This week’s devotional begins by continuing with last week’s message: God’s loyal love should be the focus of praise at every service of thanksgiving. Having been a pastor for seventeen years, I have experienced my share of going to court with  several young men attempting to get their lives together. I would watch many of them as they paid close attention to the Judge. They were looking for another chance to get their lives on the right track and it all boiled down to if the Judge would be a Judge of mercy. I have often thought while sitting in the courtroom, how awesome it is to have a God who in spite of us, is a Judge who is merciful. Wow! Who would not appreciate such a merciful Lord? I am enjoying meditating on the Scriptures and allowing them to reveal the truth about who God is.  He is all the Scripture says He...