He hath not dealt with us after our sins

Psalm 103:

8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

I think that we forget verse 10 so often. I forget this often. I am saved and striving to live for God. I want to love Him more, and I want to fear Him. I understand I was created for His pleasure and that is what I want from my life. But I forget that despite all of these things, I am still a wicked person. God’s mercy must still be as high as the Heaven is above the Earth towards me as a God fearing individual. That is the mercy I need each day. That is pity that I need each day.

13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Oh that is convicting! I don’t know that I do this with Arielle, but with others I have been hasty to judge. I see and condemn, and have forgotten that we are dust. I have forgotten that our frame is a frame of sin and weakness. I forget that I sin as much or more. I forget that it is grace that makes us different, and not my righteousness or life choices. God remembers. God remembers that we are dust; He remembers our frame. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget who we are, and that we are all this way. We are all humans. We are all weak. We are all sinners. We are all dust. God is the Judge, and God remembers who we are.

And praise the Lord for His mercy! It is as high as the Heaven is above the Earth. This is the mercy we need. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. His mercy is evident daily towards us. Those that fear the Lord and obey Him find mercy. He is plenteous in mercy, and we need it daily.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”

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