Daily D – Psalm 103:12-14
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. PSALM 103:12-14 (NLT)
This is one of the most beautiful psalms. It is a passage bearing truth and comfort across the ages. Whenever I read these three verses, I pause. This is a good text to ponder sitting beside still waters, reflecting on who God is, and who we are in relationship with him.
The only thing about us he casts away is our sin. At the turn of our hearts toward repentance, he removes it “as far as the east is from the west.” However you calculate that distance, it is infinite in nature. Have you turned your heart toward him asked for his forgiveness? He is more willing to forgive than you are to ask.
Our Father in heaven relates to us as his dearly loved children. He is tender. He is compassionate. He knows how frail we are. He remembers the tools he used to assemble us. Have you acknowledged him as Creator? Do you honor him as the one who holds you together when you would otherwise fall apart?
I am weak, but he is Strong. He is Strength. Our Father in heaven is the strongest of all fathers. He is the wisest, kindest, and most patient of parents.
There is so much here for a heart to ponder. It is a good time to limit words and lean into this beautiful reality.
What is God saying to you through this text? Whatever you hear, I am confident it begins with, “I love you,” and ends with, “and I always will.”
I will reflect on beautiful truth.
Our Father, your forgiveness is infinite. Your love endures forever. You are strength is stronger than our weakness is weak. We praise you, our Father in heaven. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.