Thursday, 3 August 2017
Bless the Lord.
"The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed, He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love," Psalm 103:6-8 (NRSV)
"As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear* him." Psalm 103:13 (NRSV)
In Psalm 103 David echoes the revelation of Moses then predicts the vision of Jesus.
These passages reflect the benevolent nature of God - a God who is loving and merciful like a father.
This is not the angry, vindictive God that some imagine - a projection of worldly authorities inspired by fear.
But the beautiful and constant Father of all.
* This can be translated as respect or love.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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