Psalm 103:8-14

Psalm 103:8-14

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

– Psalm 103:8-14

DEVOTION

God loves to forgive. He delights in demonstrating compassion toward you and me. The words “steadfast love” appear twice in the verses above. Take a minute to look back at those phrases. What images does David use to describe God’s “steadfast love?” Take a few moments to celebrate God’s forgiveness, even if you struggle with guilt or shame for past failures. Remembering God’s faithfulness to His Word can help you realize the truths that will set your heart free.

THE BIG QUESTION

God’s forgiveness is for US, but it’s also for us to share with OTHERS. Once you’ve been forgiven by God, you are free to forgive others around you. How are you sharing God’s mercy? Is there someone in your life that you struggle to forgive? Try to practice being merciful as you go through this day.

Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.