Psalm 103 – Father’s Love


God’s love for us is unique and special.  He loved the world so much that he sent his son to die for all people.  He loves his children with an active and a present love like a Good Father who is always there for his kids.  Praise the Lord, oh my soul…

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Psalm 103:13-19

God uses the analogy of family to teach us about his love for us.  He is our Father in heaven.  We are his children.  So much flows from this word picture, especially for those who have struggled with earthly parents.  God gives us a picture of what a good Father is and gives us hope that we can trust him as our Father for eternity…

He knows how we are formed.  Even as we think we are more than that, he knows that we wouldn’t be here apart from him.  We are dust.  As Creator, he formed us from nothing – we are totally reliant upon God for our existence.  Like the grass, we grow in the sun and we can be blown over by the wind.  And then we fade…

The amazing thing is that although we are dust and our lives like vapour in light of eternity, God’s love for us is based on him being our Father.  From everlasting to everlasting he loves us.  He loves the entire world (John 3:16) so much that he gave his son, yet his love goes even further for those who fear/revere him .

It’s a presence-love.  ‘I am with you always,’ Jesus promised in Matthew 28.  His active and present love, like a Father caring for and guiding his children, is with us always.

Praise the Lord, oh my soul…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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