Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Verse for Today - Psalm 103:17-18 (click for mini-blog)

"But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children, t o such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

Read all of Psalm 103

Psalm 103 has a special place in the Book of Psalms. More than the rest, Psalm 103 extols the LORD for His greatness and glory, for His love and kindness.  It celebrates the fact that He is gracious and merciful to His people.  Because of the their sin, they should be destroyed, yet the LORD has compassion, He heals and feeds them, He pities those to come to Him and look to Him for help.  

As we come to Today's verses, the psalmist turns our attention to the connection between covenant keeping and the assurance of God's grace.  God is sovereign in all He does... no one can force or stay His hand.  The point of the Psalmist is a little different.  God administers His grace to those who live in covenant with Him.  Granted, God is the one working and moving within, yet the flow of His grace is to"those who fear Him."   The rest the verse affirms the same truth... His favor runs through families to "children's, children, to such as keep His covenant" and "who remember His commandments do them."

Short version: Fear God, Keep His Covenant, and Remember His commandments.

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