Psalm 103 is perhaps one of the most beautiful and meaningful chapters in the Bible. Psalm 103 is homage to God by David for who He is to us, and what He does for us.
1Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2Praise the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all his benefits---
3-5who forgives all of your sins…and heals…who redeems…and crowns…who satisfies.
Perhaps you can read Psalm 103 and not be rocked by its message of hope, promise, and deliverance.
Perhaps you’ve never let your sins accumulate to the degree that you couldn’t imagine the possibility of having a relationship with God.
Perhaps you’ve never been the victim of dis-ease, either in the form of a physical ailment or of mental anguish.
Perhaps you’ve never spent your life in a mental “pit,” living a life with no hope for today or the promise of a better tomorrow.
Perhaps you’ve never left your dreams and ambitions for a fulfilling life behind with your childhood.
8The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in love.
10he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
Perhaps you’ve never known what it feels like to be loved unconditionally, or to feel true compassion.
Perhaps you’ve never committed an offense so grievous against God or man that you couldn’t possibly imagine being forgiven.
Perhaps you’ve never been able to wrap your mind around the belief that contrary to our tendencies, God doesn’t punish us according to the severity of our offenses.
Perhaps you’ve never understood or accepted that God will “turn-the-other-cheek” time after time after time for the same offense.
13As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
Perhaps you’ve never figured out how the God that we are instructed to fear can be so compassionate, loving us the way a father loves his child.
Perhaps you’ve never realized that, unlike our earthly fathers, God the Father is perfect in every way. He’s always there to love us, to forgive us, to provide for us, and to lift us up.
Far too many of us today can associate with one or more of the “Perhaps” listed above. Sadly, some of us can relate to all of them.
Perhaps it’s time to reflect on God as you see Him; who He is, what He is, and what He does. Then, perhaps it’s time to take another look at Him through the eyes of Daniel.
Perhaps, like me, you’ll see God like you’ve never seen Him before.