Week of November 3 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Psalm 103:7-12

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

Reflect: What impact does the truth of these verses have on your relationship with God? What evidence of His faithfulness do you see in your daily life?

Consider: Through his mercy God stays the punishment of sin, even though it is due us as sinners. Through his grace, he grants us favors that we do not deserve. The word translated “love” here is sometimes translated as “mercy, lovingkindness, loyalty.” It is the word hesed, the subject of many scholarly discussions. The Hebrew-English translation from the Jewish Publication Society renders it “steadfast love.” God is patient with us, as Peter reminds us, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).[1]

 Respond: What are the keys to “faithful love” (v. 8)? How does God’s unique and unequaled love compare with the way we express love?

 


[1] Larry Pechawer, Poetry and Prophecy, vol. 3, Standard Reference Library: Old Testament (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2008), 38.