The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

Psalm 103:8-10 

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Psalm 103:8-10

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities. (ESV)

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The LORD is . . . (Ps 103:8-10)

| Feb 12, 2017

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Isaiah 40:8

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. —Psalm 103:8-10

When I see a verse in the Bible that starts “The LORD is . . .” my attention is riveted on what will come next. We have a longing in our souls to know the Lord more deeply, more completely, ever-increasingly – it is a longing put there by him and set aflame by the Holy Spirit as we read God’s Word.

Know, then, that “The LORD is . . . merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” We are sinners made of dust, and you can hear in these words His remembrance of our weaknesses and utter helplessness. We need mercy. We need grace. And our covenant-keeping LORD is there to give it. His anger, though justified, gives way to His lovingkindness that He causes to abound to us. It’s as though His sheltering arms of love are drawing us to Himself where we can hear His heart beat and know absolute security.

The time of our rejection is over. “He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” Throughout the generations, no one has ever deserved His love and we could never have earned it. His anger is perfectly justified, righteous and without partiality. Yet, because of the great love with which He has loved us; love so limitless and free, it is as high as the heavens are above the earth; love most highly demonstrated at Calvary; He slows His anger while His lovingkindness works in us faith in Christ, repentance of sin, and trust in His covenant promises. God’s love pours into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5). This is the promise for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself (Acts 2:39). Doesn’t it make you want to sing out, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy . . .”

For Discussion:

  1. What is the payment our sin demands? (Look up and read Romans 6:23; Romans 8:1-4; Colossians 2:13-15.) What is your response to these verses?
  2. What does it mean to be crowned with steadfast love and mercy?
  3. Make a list of God’s attributes found in Psalm 103. Why is it important to know the attributes of God? How does He encourage you in daily life with the knowledge of His attributes?

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Betty Dodge is the Children’s Discipleship Director at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, MN. Betty also serves at Children Desiring God as a volunteer for Fighter Verses blog administration. She and her husband Rick have two married sons, six grandchildren, and one very spoiled German Shepherd, Sunny.

Children Desiring God (CDG) publishes Fighter Verses and offers products to support you in your Bible memorization efforts. CDG also publishes God-centered Sunday School curriculum for children and youth, parenting booklets to equip parents to spiritually shepherd their children, the My Church Notebook to help children participate in the worship service, and the Making Him Known series of books for family devotions.

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