“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.” —Psalm 103:13
How often do we truly consider our low estate? The best of mankind, at his very best, qualifies for nothing but Jehovah’s pity, His grace, His mercy, His compassion. “The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy” (James 5:11); and should we not be restrained from the rejoicing that takes place at the thought of that news? Adam, in His perfection, in a perfect home, with a perfect wife, and yet, he fell miserably short of the glory of God when it came down to where the rubber meets the road.
David considered God’s mercy: “Bless the LORD, O my soul,” is his command to himself, “and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
The Lord, so full of pity for fallen man, that He sent His one and only Son to die upon a cross of wood; and through that redemptive act, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
“Pitieth” is a Hebrew word that can also be translated “compassion.” We know the compassion of a human father for his children; that it is a wonderful thing, and a remarkable sight. Yet, to meditate upon the infinite compassion of our God: He has so much pity toward, and compassion for, the dusty frame of man, He became a man Himself to hang upon a wooden tree because “the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him” (Psalm 103:17).
Bless the LORD, ye His angels.
Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts.
Bless ye the LORD, ye ministers of His.
Bless the LORD, all His works.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.