Monday, May 27, 2024

A Father's Love


This passage from Psalm 103 is incredibly comforting.  It is bookended by two statements of God’s love for His children, and packed in the middle with a tender understanding of how frail we humans really are.


Psalm 103:17 - But from everlasting to everlasting

    the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him


Things to think about:

·       Psalm 103:13 - As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;

o   14 for he knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.

o   15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;

o   16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

o   17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children—

o   18 with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.

·       This psalm does such a beautiful job of illustrating God’s gentleness for those who do their best to follow Him

o   As fathers we can relate to how much we love our children just because they are our children.

§  Even when we mess up, He has compassion.  Why?  It’s in His nature as a father

·       Even in the most challenging parent/child relationships, we never stop loving our kids.  How much more our Heavenly Father?

·       How do you find comfort in this?

o   But also because He knows well that it’s in our nature to stumble and fall.

§  We are formed from mere dust. Our Creator knows we are not made of the best stuff…yet.  But when we are with Him in Heaven we will have a new body designed to last.

§  How does it make you feel knowing that God always keeps in mind our inherent weakness?

o   This life is so short in the scheme of eternity.  We flourish for a season and then poof – we’re gone from this Earth! While what we do here does matter for eternity, it’s also just a very small season in the context of eternity.

§  All of our successes and failures are real but they are also quite temporary

§  How does it make you feel knowing that in the relative scheme of things our time here is so brief?

·       Yet God’s love is anything but temporary

o   But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him

§  He will never leave you or forsake you

§  And for all of you grandparents, His righteousness is with our children’s children (Amen!)

·       But please note, these promises aren’t for everyone. 

o   Three times the psalmist reminds us that we are active participants in this relationship

§  For those who fear Him (vv. 13, 17) and those who keep His covenant and obey His precepts (v 18)

§  He doesn’t expect perfection, but He does want our genuine commitment

Gentleness, compassion, understanding, faithfulness – these are some of the qualities we see in God’s nature and attitude towards you and me today.

·       How does focusing on these truths encourage and comfort you?

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