Psalm 103

psalm 103… an Easter perspective… part ten…

A dozen verses behind us… ten to go… looking into Psalm 103… from the vantage of Easter…

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers we are dust.
Psalm 103:13-14
God the Creator… like a Father…
has compassion… on all His creatures…

compassion… sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it…

—Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th Ed.) 

He not only desires to alleviate our distress…

He has the POWER to do it…!

That’s why He sent His Son…
to live… die… rise…
so we might not suffer for our sins…
He longs to save…!
…God our Savior… desires all people to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV
Yet… again… we see fear of the Lord
as the key to receiving… experiencing… His compassion…
Those who fear… accept Jesus as Lord…
and through faith… become children of God…
For you are all children of God
through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26 NLT
Through Jesus… we receive sonship in the Kingdom of God…
As Father… Creator… 
He knows how we are formed…
dust… dirt… debris…
Not only does He know how we are made…
He came down… to be made Himself…
take the form of… dust… dirt… debris…
[Christ Jesus] made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
Philippians 2:7
It’s one thing to know how something is made…
it’s another altogether to become one yourself…
especially when you are the One who made all things…!
Post-cross… 
Post-resurrection…
His compassion is experiential… 
He experienced Himself… 
fatigue…
hunger…
temptation… 
doubt… 
anguish… 
rejection…
betrayal…
persecution…
death…
He who is…
eternal…
omnipotent…
pure…
holy… 
omniscient…
experienced… all His creatures experience…
He has compassion… because He knows…
He has compassion… because He knows we can’t…
His compassion… seen… lived out… on the cross…
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8
Father…
Creator…
Judge…
Man…
Sacrifice…
Savior…
He knows…
He remembers…
He pours out compassion…
on those who fear Him…
Your compassion… beyond words…
thank You… thank You…
praise the Lord… O… my soul…

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