Daily Devotion on Psalm 103

Text: Psalm 103

“How much do you love me,” is the query that is placed before the young father looking up at his son from the pool? “Do you love me THIS much,” says the child throwing his arms wide, stretching them as far apart as they will go?

A smile spreads across this father’s face. “No, I love you THIS much,” says dad opening his arms wide, displaying a significantly larger wingspan. The little child launches himself into his father’s arms with a squeal of delight. In dad’s arms this boy knows love. In dad’s embrace this child understands safety. In dad’s arms this son has complete trust.

How much does your Father love you? How much does our heavenly Father love us? David’s answer is incomparably more wonderful than that cute story of an earthly father and his son. David’s answer found in Psalm 103 is truly breathtaking.

Our Father’s love for us knows no bounds. Even when we wrong him his love is ever patient. Instead of the punishment we deserve our Father heaps blessing after blessing on our plates. Where we are weak (which is every place and all the time) he is more than strong enough to compensate. Where we have a need (which is every moment of every day) he provides generously.

Our Father’s love for us is kind of like that earthly father spreading his arms wide only our Father’s love is found in arms spread wide on a cross. As far as the east is from the west, as far as one pierced hand is from the other, so far has he removed from us our sin, and the punishment we deserve for our sin.

In our Father’s arms we learn what love is. In our Father’s arms we understand true safety. In our Father’s arms we see forgiveness, peace and hope.

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name!

Prayer: Oh love, how deep, how broad, how high,

Beyond all thought and fantasy

That God, the Son of God, should take

Our mortal form for mortals’ sake

For us, by wickedness betrayed,

For us, in crown of thorns arrayed,

He bore the shameful cross and death;

For us he gave his dying breath.

All glory to our Lord and God

For love so deep, so high, so broad,

The Trinity whom we adore

Forever and forevermore, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on February 3, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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