The Lord has compassion on those who fear Him…
The Lord Has Compassion On Those Who Fear Him – Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Let’s read that again: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on … those who fear Him.” The psalmist is clear that having a reverent fear of the Lord is important. So what is reverential fear? It is rooted in the Latin word “reverentia,” or “awe or respect.” Simply put, having a reverential fear comes from having utmost respect, in this case, for God — knowing and respecting His great power and mastery over all things. To stand in awe of His divine omniscience and omnipotence.
The psalmist wrote that just “as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” Regardless of how beautifully or imperfectly your earthly father has shown his love, always remember that your Heavenly Father’s love is utterly boundless. His compassion for you is endless. Rest in this incredible, peace-giving truth for a moment … because there is absolutely nothing you can do to change how God feels about you.
It is easy to forget sometimes that we are perfectly loved and cherished. The world can often feel very cold and unloving. But our Heavenly Father tells us that while we are in the world, we are not of this world. His kind of love — an agape love — is different from that which the world gives. It is unconditional. A kind of love that our mind cannot fully comprehend this side of Heaven. But while He will do anything for us, His grace abounding daily, we are called to do our part — to revere Him; to honor our Savior. No matter what is going on in your life today, prayerfully reflect on the love of your Father. Allow His promises to give you a supernatural-like confidence in every situation you are faced with. Above all, honor Him.
Thank You, Father, for loving and caring so much about us that You never stop chasing us. Thank You also for having an unfailing compassion; for continuously picking us up when we fall short. Give us the grace to walk in perpetual reverence of Your holiness. Help us to approach this day as a child of God who knows that we are loved even when we do not deserve it; when we do not feel like it. We love You, Jesus. You are our God, our love, our Savior. Thank You for loving us far more than we know how to love Thee. It is in Your good and Holy Name we pray, Amen.
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