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, the One fear itself trembles and submits to. God, who spoke in the beginning everything that needed to be said, and today that spoken word is still being fulfilled. God is our Father and get this, He is compassionate toward us.
Everything in life responds to Him, yet still, He is the one who has pity for us His children.
The passage says, “For He Himself knows our frame.” In Hebrew the word frame is, yêtser, yay´-tser. The word means, how something was made or conceived.
As a father, I know all of my children, including their faults. I have known many of their faults from the time of their childhood and who they are has not changed how I feel about them. I loved them from the beginning and even when they mess up.
God knows our frame, He knows who we are and He has known since before our conception. So, our sins do not alter how He feels. He knew we were made of dust and frail when He called us because He made us.
Thank God He is not surprised by our sins. However, let us not lose focus. He knows we are not perfect; however, like any loving father, he still expects us to walk in obedience to His teachings.
I love my children—flaws and all. However, I still expect them to live right. Why should God not expect the same from us as believers?
Let us not take advantage of His goodness.
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, thank You for knowing us and loving us in spite of our faults, Amen.