“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13

 Have you ever met someone only to discover that what you had heard about them just simply wasn’t true? That’s certainly happened to me a few times. I’ve met a few people in life, that, as I got to know them a bit, I quickly discovered what I had previously heard about them was a complete mischaracterization of who they really were.

That’s exactly how it seems when it comes to our Heavenly Father. Often, He is portrayed as a harsh, mean taskmaster with a scowl upon His face; seldom pleased with His children, always eager, ready and willing to punish us at our next mistake. All of this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

David, in Psalm 103, writes the most proper description of our Heavenly Father and describes for us, so beautifully, the Father’s heart toward us. And what’s so interesting about it is that it was all written way before Jesus ever stepped onto the scene. This just simply confirms our Father’s heart when it comes to His children. As you read some of Psalm 103, see if, in your own personal experience, you would agree with David’s depiction of God our Father.

Psalm 103:3-12
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

Today, let me encourage you to get to know Him more and more. And the more you know Him, the more you’ll love Him.

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