Daily Devotion of Psalm 103
Of all God has done for us, one of His accomplishments is the most appreciated — eventually. There would be no hope for anyone of us if it were not for that attribute. If it were not for His ability to forgive us of our sins, we would all be fearful of the eternity in the Lake of Fire that would await us.
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” Psalm 103: 3-4
We can receive that excellent gift of forgiveness, not because of something we did or could do. We can receive God’s gift only because He is merciful. Although He knows of our sins, He often chooses to forgive what we have done and to waive the repercussions we deserve. He can heal all that ask and trust of their sin sickness (“… who healeth all thy diseases …” — vs. 3).
God’s forgiveness is all-encompassing. God:
- Paid for (“redeemed”) our sins with the shed blood of His only son, Jesus. He did this so we could avoid the eternal punishment due an unforgiven sinner.
“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; …” Psalm 103:4
- Can give undeserved mercy (vss. 4b, 8, 17).
- Is gracious to us and does not always give us the punishment we deserve (vss. 8, 10).
- Often stops being angry at some (vs. 9).
- Can put our sins far away from Him. Once He forgives us of our iniquities, they are as far away as the east is from the west. Those two compass points never meet, nor does our wicked past meet with God’s judgment if we are saved (that is the only way God can forgive one of their sins).
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
- Knows what we are made of and knows that we are weak (vs. 14).
Christian, imagine standing in front of God and being reminded of ALL your unrighteousness. That will never happen to a child of God. We are forgiven.
“He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass if he would ever reach Heaven; for everyone has the need to be forgiven.” — Herbert
Words to Understand:
Chide: to rebuke; to correct
Mercy: “That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forebear punishment …” — American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828
Redeemeth: to give payment in order to receive or own something
1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 ¶ The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 ¶ The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.