We fear so much in this world that does not deserve our fear. The Lord tells us that we should only fear Him. “The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” (Is. 8:13)
His unconditional love for us is truly unfathomable. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever” (Ps. 103:8-9)
And His mercy is undeserved, but granted to those who fear Him. “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him” (Ps. 103:10-11).
Not only does He grant us mercy if we fear Him, but He forgives our sin and forgets it: “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our [repented] transgressions from us.” (Ps. 103:12)
Why does He offer this to us? Because He loves us and has compassion for us. “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.” (Ps 103:13-14)
As I was thinking on His love, mercy, compassion, and grace this morning, I heard the song “How Many Kings” by Downhere. The chorus seemed to wrap up His great love and mercy.
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only wanted that for me; All for me, all for you