26 Jan 2014: “God’s great love for us. What God does for us tell us what He is really like” (Psalm 103:8-18)

Jan 26, 14 26 Jan 2014: “God’s great love for us. What God does for us tell us what He is really like” (Psalm 103:8-18)

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Written By: Senior Pastor Alan Ang

On the last Sunday of 2013, I spoke on Psalm 103:1-7. I touched on “God” forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, executes righteousness and judgement”.

Today let’s continue from verse 8 to 18. “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love“.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassion never fail. They are new every morning, great is His faithfulness to us” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

God’s steadfast love and mercy are greater than our sins. He does not treat us as our sin deserve or repay us according to our iniquites. If God gives us the punishment we deserved, we would be without hope.

Being a holy God, He did get angry at sin, but in His compassion, He forgave them. God hates sins, but He loves sinners. How high are the heavens above the earth? Nobody knows. How fare is east from the west? Nobody knows. Yet the limitless height of the heavens illustrate the limitless magnitude of God’s mercy and love. The distance from the east to west illustrates the distance God removes our sins from us. When God forgives our sins, He separates it from us and doesn’t even remember it.

The frailty of man – God knows how we were formed. He remembers that we are dust. We are fragile, but God’s care is eternal.

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone and its place remembers it no more” (v. 15-16)

Psalm 90:10 “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have strength, yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away.

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom

“Only one life, it will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last”

For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” declared the Apostle Paul (Phil. 1:21)

David began with Praise the LORD, O my soul! And when he had penned and sung this excellent hymn to His honor, David did not say, now, o my soul! You have blessed the LORD, sit down, and rest; but Praise the LORD, O my soul! – yet more and more!

Praise the LORD means remembering all He has done; fearing Him, obeying His commands, and doing His will.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” (Psalm 150:6)

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