Updated: May 27
This devotional was penned by Eduardo
Read Psalm 102-104
To this day my Mum tells the story of me as a very young child, climbing onto a chair and shouting “O SENHOR é o meu pastor, nada me faltará” (Psalm 23:1 - in Portuguese). This was the first Bible verse that I discovered and learnt. The Psalms have an incredible power in the lives of Christian’s, one verse alone stood with me for years. Each verse isfull of insights about God which encourages us to want to know more and ultimately leaves us eager to delight in Him. From today’s reading alone we have come across many powerful characteristics of our God: enthroned, renown, holy, forgiver, healer, redeemer, righteous, compassionate, gracious and many more.
Let’s look through two verses from Psalm 103:
“he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities”
In Romans 6:23a, Paul explains exactly what it is that our sins deserve - “For the wages of sin is death...”. In other words, God could have turned his back and abandoned his creation, his people; the depth of sin gave God enough reason to do just that. But this is nowhere near what happens. Paul carries on explaining in 6:23b - “...BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus our Lord.” How awesome it is to have a Father who is compassionate, merciful and gracious towards his children. “He does not treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities”!
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear/reverence him”
Because we have a reverence for God, we live our lives in accordance with His will. This shows we are His people and take his Word seriously. “So great is his love” for those that live their lives in this manner! We may say we know just how much God loves us, however, note the depth of this love - “As far as the heavens are above the earth”. Paul emphasises this - “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17-18). As Paul prays, may we have the power to grasp the love of God. In addition, as we continue to read the Psalms, let us also pray, for wisdom and knowledge so that we can learn many more aspects of God’s character.