I like painting pictures with words; using descriptions to create a visual image. For a few years now, being a visual person, I have been trying to gain a better image of who God is. Coming across Psalm 103 in autumn 2019 gave me much of the picture I was longing to gain. Over the 18 months following, God, as described in the verses of this Psalm became very real to me.
When I first read Psalm 103, the picture of God redeeming my life from the pit broke me. I often feel that I fall into pits of life: depression, despair and uncertainty. Then I feel guilty and a terrible cycle begins. But God is a redeemer. And not only does he redeem, he crowns us with love and compassion; he works righteousness and justice for the oppressed. He does not treat us as our sins deserve. Hallelujah!!!
And God showed himself to me as a healer. Following various unexplained physical ailments, God made a way for healing! He reassures me that he forgives my sins, removing them as far as the east is from the west.
“Compassion” is used to describe God 4 times in the first 13 verses. He knows who we are, how we came to be, and that without him, we are nothing. God wants to shower me and you with his forgiveness, his compassion, his healing and redeeming love.
Vs 13 and 17: The Lord has compassion and love on those who fear him. And he answers the prayers of those who ask without ceasing. Sometimes it seems the answers take a long time in coming. But how wonderful it is, when patience is kept and we keep asking, and keep seeking, and then experience the blessing of his answers and knowing him more intimately!
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 107