Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quick Look: Psalm 103:11-14

A quick look at Psalm 103:11-14 (TM):
  • "...as the heavens are above the earth..." - way up there - one of those BIG type of comparisons
  • "...so great is His mercy... - ginormous mercy - this is exactly the kind of mercy we need
  • "...toward those who fear Him..." - who regard Him correctly, who are in awe of Him - there's a place in us that has to be willing to be a sheep and therefore enter the privilege of recognizing His voice, a place in us that has to be willing to be awed in order to experience this greatness, and as I've discussed before, it takes grace just to have the opportunity to be awed (think Moses and the burning bush) (TM)
  • "...as far as the east is from the west..." - in parallel to the heavens above the earth statement before - another gigantic comparison
  • "...so far has he removed our transgressions from us..." - this makes me think of 1) forgiveness, 2) the beginning of sanctification, though we find it all to easy to return to our wrongdoing (TM)
  • "...as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him..." - a picture of our adoption
  • "...for He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust." - this is what the haters forget about - God is not surprised when we goof up, when we fail to deserve (TM) what He has for us

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