Bless the Lord, O my soul. And forget not all His benefits. Psalms 103:2 NKJV
Psalms 103 verse 4, “Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies”. This benefit is like a two sided coin: the Lord delivers us from destruction on one side and then, He crowns (compasses) us with lovingkindness and compassion. The word lovingkindness is the Hebrew word “chezed”, which was difficult to translate. Two english words had to be put together, to help bring out the meaning of this particular word: loving and kindness. This word is also translated grace; it speaks of love, strength and steadfastness.
Our Daddy God compasses you with His strength, faithfulness and love. We know that in the new covenant, all these are fully unmerited and undeserved. The devil tries to always paint a picture, that we are not deserving enough to receive the justification or the goodness of God. Many times, you might say to yourself, “but I’ve fasted, prayed and even lived holy, but why am I not getting the desired results? I deserve better”. Beloved, you just diagnosed the problem. God does not deal with us based on what we deserve, He deals with us based on what Jesus did. Because, what we really deserve is death, punishment, sorrow, guilt and pain, even in our self righteous states.
But thanks be to God who has crowned us with lovingkindness: i.e His grace (unmerited favour). One good thing about His empowering grace is; it does not give us the license to sin, but the ability to live for Jesus. Beloved, see the Lord crowning you with His grace today, fix your eyes on this grace and with time your life will be changed.
*To be continued*
Prayer: Daddy God, Your lovingkindness compasses me. I receive more grace to live for you.