thought for the day

Psalm 103:6-13

So often God is viewed in the Old Testament as a God of wrath and yet here right in the midst of the psalms, written by people who saw God at work he is described as compassionate and slow to anger. He is seen as being righteous and just. Maybe we need to take this words with us as we go back and read through the Old Testament and hold fast to them when we think we are seeing simply a God who is angry and understand His actions with a bit more patience in our reading than we often do.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him

Psalm 103:6-13

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