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According to Our Sins

May 4, 2017

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According to Our Sins

When King David blessed the LORD  in Psalm 103,  he was filled with praise  as he thought of God  in his own life.     But even more than that,  David was  in awe  of God’s compassion  in the lives  of all people  —  especially the oppressed.     David himself  was often oppressed  as he faced many troubles  —  some of which  were the result  of his own sin.

Here is how David describes the LORD  in Psalm 103:6-14,

The LORD performs righteous deeds,  and judgments  for all who are oppressed.     He made known His ways  to Moses,  His acts  to the sons of Israel.     The LORD is compassionate  and gracious,  slow to anger  and abounding  in lovingkindness.     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.     For  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.     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.

The oppressed have a tendency  to lose hope,  but David wants  to encourage them  because the LORD  is good  to all.     To build up  the hope  of the oppressed,  David assures us  that God does not  hold a grudge  —  “He does not keep His anger forever”.     That means  we can trust  that the LORD will  be gracious.

If we can see  that our trials  are the results  of our sins,  we need  to realize  that God  “has not dealt with us according to our sins.”     In other words,  in truth,  our sins deserve  greater disciplines.     But,  because God is gracious  and knows  we cannot bear any more,  He lovingly  is more gentle  with us  than we deserve.

In his lifetime  David had to bear  the discipline  of the Lord  more than once.     Each time  he humbly let the Lord  have His way,  because he knew  God would be gracious  to him  in the end.     David bore his punishment  from the Lord  with the knowledge  that God still  loved him.     A loving father  disciplines his children  to lead them  in right living.

In verse 11,  David describes  God’s love  as having no end.     God’s love  for us  goes on forever.     But,  there is a very serious note here.     God’s lovingkindness  is towards  those who fear Him.     That would be  those who respect the LORD  for who He is  —  as David respected  the LORD.

So,  as we need  to bear a punishment  from our heavenly Father,  how do we feel  about our Lord’s discipline?     Do we understand  God’s love  in that discipline?     Will we grow  in love  and respect  for our Lord  as we keep on remembering  His proven love  for us?

Verse 13 reminds us  that even though  we might feel God’s discipline  is too great  to bear,  He will certainly  have compassion  when we learn  to respect Him.

God is the one  who made us  and He knows  “we are but dust“.     Our pride  tends to fool us  into thinking  we have control over things  and can do things  “our way”,  but we too,  need to remember  that “we are but dust”.     When David remembered  that he was but dust,  God’s mercy flowed  towards him.

As we humbly look  for our Lord’s lovingkindness  in our trials,  we will be able  to say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord’s love  lifts me up.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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