The reading for today is Psalm 103:8-13 NLV
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 for His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
In this Psalm, David repeats God’s own description of Himself that he gave to Moses when Moses asked the Lord to show him His glorious presence (see Exodus chapters 34 & 35.) God reveals that He is compassionate, merciful, forgiving, patient, and unfailing in His love for us. These same words are used to describe the Lord in Numbers 14:18, Psalm 145:8, Nehemiah 9:17, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2, and Nahum 1:3.
One day as I was listening to Joy FM Radio, I heard someone give the definition of the words GRACE and MERCY, which are often used interchangeably. GRACE, they said, was receiving something that we do not deserve while MERCY is not receiving what we do deserve. I had to think about that for a moment but then the difference became clear to me. The wonderful, incredible and unbelievable thing is that our God, in His unfailing love for us, bestows both on us. We do not deserve either of these gifts but should be eternally thankful for them. Our God is Good all the time!
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us unconditionally and for showering us with Your mercies. Help us to imitate You by showing mercy, compassion, patience, and forgiveness to those around us. Amen
Prayer Concern: Those who are isolated from loved ones due to the Covid pandemic.