Verse – Psalm 103:13-18
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Reflections – Psalm 103:13-18 – Why we fear God
The Bible uses the word ‘fear’ sometimes to mean ‘respect and obey’. Just as we know to protect our children when they are small, weak, and fragile the Lord does the same for us. When children remain close to and respect their parents all their lives, their love will never depart from them.
Even though our lives may be short, God’s love is eternal to those who seek him in spirit and in truth. This means that though your mortal body may be rotting, your spirit will be with the Lord living in love and harmony. Do not plan your life according to the limitations of our physical earth because there is a glorious eternity where you can live with your maker in joy and love.
Wow. I know now that my life does not end here. I declare today that I shall seek my Lord in truth for as long or little as I shall live on this earth. I will not depart from my father and his love will never depart from me. I know in my heart that I will dwell in his house for all eternity.
Thank you for your goodness in my life
Help me stay focused on the good things you do for me
Let me not be swayed by the traps of this world
I want to live for you forever
Let me keep my soul for you and not exchange it for any vanity
Keep my thoughts on you and your word
Let me fear you forever and let me spend my eternity with you