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What Do We Need From God? Psalm 103:8 - 07/07/2013

We need God to be righteous, all powerful, all wise, and those other lofty theological truths but is  there one thing above all else we need from God? "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."   Psalm 103:8. NIV. COMPASSION Compassion is merciful, tender, understanding, and sympathetic. Compassion takes the other person's situation in heart, and with consideration purposefully cares and intentionally acts on the other's behalf. GRACIOUS Grace brings compassion into action. To say that the Lord is "gracious" is to say God acts out his love in kindness and good to someone who does not deserve it. SLOW TO ANGER We would be in trouble if God had a short temper. Our sins all add up to a dreadful stench before the Holiness of God. If God was only righteousness he must condemn us all long ago, yet thankfully He is "slow to anger." Being slow to anger does not mean he never gets angry He does. We should hope we have not presumed on the slowness of God's anger, for His wrath is great indeed. His slowness is with the purpose to give us opportunity to turn to him. ABOUNDING IN LOVE The Lord's love is beyond measure, and too vast to comprehend. His love is like an ocean that would flood over the highest mountains. His love is bigger than any problem you may have and his love is bigger than any sin we may have done. FAR FROM LOVE We sometimes feel far from that God of compassion. He has never left us but those times we may have distanc...

What Do We Need From God? Psalm 103:8

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