Psalm 103: 6-10

6 – The Lord performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed.

7 – He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.

8 – The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness.

9 – He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Murphy’s Paraphrase:

v. 6 – The LORD is a good and right (i.e., righteous) judge of all; especially those who are oppressed by sin, struggles, and the heart-shattering conditions of living in a fallen world.  His actions toward us, His children (born-again) and all mankind, are reflective of His good and kind nature.

v. 7 – The LORD has placed in every person a moral “plumb-line,” which is rooted in and reflective of God’s ways, perspectives, attitudes, and directives.  He has revealed Himself to us through His creation.  He has hard-wired us to care about others and love others the way He loves us.

v. 8 – The LORD is full of compassion, meaning that He suffers along side of us (com — with; passion — suffering) as we navigate through this pressure-cooker called life.  His heart goes out to us.  He is gracious toward us:

  • We possess God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense (G.R.A.C.E.)
  • We have God’s “unmerited favor” when we joined His forever family by asking Jesus to be the most important person in our lives.
  • He is gracious toward us, i.e., He interacts with us according to the “kind intentions of His will.”
  • We, as His children, walk in, live in His divine grace, which means that we have received His Godly inheritance.  We get many things from Him, which we don’t deserve (graciousness):  eternal life, forgiveness of sin, supernatural power, mercy, and much more.

v. 9 – Being born-again means we have accepted God’s free gift of salvation through faith (believing) that Jesus’ death on the cross satisfied God’s required payment for the penalty of sin.   “The wages of sin is death,” according to Romans 6:23, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.”

Even human logic would concede that the “one who did the crime, should serve the time (i.e., the punishment for the crime).  However, God set up atonement of sin in the Old Testament by allowing an unblemished LAMB to die in place of human sinners.

God does not strive with His children and His anger toward us for our “sin-debt” is assuaged because that “debt” has been paid in full.

v. 10 – Therefore, God no longer deals with us according to our sins.  In His eyes we are justified by faith in Jesus.  He sees us “just as if we’d never sinned at all.”  And on top of that, He does not reward us according to our sins and iniquities.  The “just reward” for sin and iniquities is hell, but no born-again child of God will be sent there.  This is a great, merciful act of God, to NOT GIVE US what we deserve.

Murphy