Friday, 19 May 2017
Psalm 103:8 "Adonai is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and plentiful in mercy." (TLV)
This is essentially one of the best known verses in Scripture, going all the way back to Exodus 34:6 when Moses heard the voice of God speaking exactly these words as Moses was protected in the cleft of the rock. It is quoted by Nehimiah (9:17) and Joel (2:13). John also quotes these words (4:2).
There is hardly a more quoted Scripture. God's attributes are trumpeted. "Feeling sorry for us" and "bowles of mercy" are first. We receive from the Lord (remember Moses heard this promise) deliverance from judgment - mercy (Rakhum) and undeserved favor - mercy (Khanun).
Then God is identified as slow to anger. Now there is a reason to give thanks. Also we ourselves should model this God-like character trait. Lastly, we find God is characterized by abundant grace. This we know; and for this, we give thanks.