Vividly Remember and Bless the LORD! (Psalm 103:11-14)
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. —Psalm 103:11-14
Remembering the benefits of the Lord is the key of fostering a soul that blesses the Lord. David continues to “preach” to his soul by vividly reminding himself of the Lord’s steadfast love, forgiveness, and compassion. These magnificent attributes are contrasted with the frail state of mankind.
As High As the Heavens
How can we express the benefits of the Lord? In his attempt to describe the steadfast love of God, David invokes the image of skies. The great love of God is an immeasurable attribute and is therefore represented by an immeasurable image. This love however is not distributed equally to all people but is reserved for those who fear him (v. 11). For those who fear him will not sin (Exodus 20:20) and have the eyes of the Lord upon them (Psalm 33:18). His steadfast love for us is immeasurable. Bless the Lord!
As Far As the East
How burdened are we by our forgiven sins? Do the sins of our past continue paralyze us or do we feel they have been removed? Are they as far away as the immeasurable distance described as the east to the west? On the Day of Atonement Aaron would confess the sins of the people and put them on the head of a live goat. This goat would then be sent out into the wilderness and bear all of the iniquities of the people in the wilderness (Leviticus 16:20–22). How much further have our iniquities been removed by the redemptive work of Christ! Bless the Lord!
As a Father Shows Compassion
How does the Lord show compassion to those who fear him? Like father to his children. The love, forgiveness, and compassion of the Lord are not delivered in a sterile way, but in the nurturing way of a father to his children. Through Christ we have been adopted into the family of God (Ephesians 1:5) and are the children of God (Romans 8:16). We have a compassionate Father in heaven! Bless the Lord!
For He Knows Our Frame
Does the Lord expect more from us than we can handle? Does he act like an overbearing Father with unreachable expectations? Absolutely not! He knows our frame and is himself our strength (Ephesians 6:10), the one sanctifying us (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and the one turning men of dust into men of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:48–49). All through the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Bless the Lord!
When David preaches to his soul he does it in a vivid way. Remember the immeasurable attributes of God; remember his great love, forgiveness, and compassion. Remember that you are dust, with a Father in heaven who is empowering you. Remember and bless the Lord!
1. How is your fear of the Lord expressed in the way you live?
2. Have you been freed from the burden of your forgiven sins?