Title: "God Is Love Series - The Compassionate Heart of God: A Devotional Reflection on Psalm 86:15". Week 1 - Day 5

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Devotions, God Is Love

Scripture Passage: Psalm 86:15 (NKJV)

“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”

Devotional:

My best mate of almost 50 years was in my shed building a cabinet. He is a true craftsman and cabinet maker and there is no better place for men to really talk than in a workshop filled with sawdust and dreams or perhaps on a fishing boat on a quiet river.

“What are you thinkin’ about mate?” I asked. “Well I’m feelin’ frustrated.”  He did look troubled. “What about” I replied. “ I just want to find the truth and I’m sick of the confusion in the church.”

Sensing his frustration and feeling the same my self I could only reply with a question. “How are you going to know when you find it and what are you going to do with it when you do?”

In Psalm 86, we find David pouring out his heart to the Lord, seeking His mercy and protection in the midst of trials and tribulations. Amidst the uncertainties of life, David finds solace in the character of God, particularly in His compassion. In verse 15, David beautifully encapsulates the essence of God’s nature – He is compassionate, gracious, patient, overflowing with mercy, and steadfast in truth.

The compassion of God is not merely a fleeting emotion; it is a foundational aspect of His being. God’s compassion is boundless, extending to all of His creation, regardless of their shortcomings or failures. It is a compassion that stoops down to lift up the brokenhearted, heals the wounded, and restores the fallen. In our moments of weakness and desperation, we can take comfort in the unwavering compassion of our Heavenly Father.

Boy are we in need of that right now?

Furthermore, God’s compassion is accompanied by His grace, patience, mercy, and truth. He extends grace to the undeserving, patiently waiting for us to turn to Him in repentance. His mercy knows no limits, offering forgiveness and restoration to all who seek Him. And His truth serves as a firm foundation, guiding us on the path of righteousness.

What will you do with His truth?

As we meditate on this passage, let us consider three questions:

  • How does knowing that God is full of compassion impact the way I approach Him in prayer and seek His presence in my life?
  • In what areas of my life do I need to rely more fully on God’s compassion, grace, and mercy?
  • How can I reflect God’s compassionate heart in my interactions with others, showing kindness, empathy, and understanding?

Prayer:

Gracious and compassionate Papa God, we thank You for Your abounding love and mercy toward us. Help us to anchor our trust in Your compassionate nature, knowing that You are always near to hear our cries and offer Your comfort. May Your compassion transform our hearts and overflow into the lives of those around us, that Your love may be made known to all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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