Today I was praying and thinking about the inability to stop doing stupid things. You know how it is, you know what I mean. We, as humans, don’t learn our lessons well sometimes. We keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again. We keep falling in the same holes, we keep getting tripped up by the same things.
As I asked God this morning when I was praying, “God why am I so stupid?” That’s how I feel sometimes. I think we each feel that way sometimes too.
Then, I was reading the assigned Psalm for today’s morning office, Psalm 103. Here’s the part that most spoke to me:
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5 He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6 The LORD executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not always accuse us, *
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.
13 As a father cares for his children, *
so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
he remembers that we are but dust.
15 Our days are like the grass; *
we flourish like a flower of the field;
16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, *and his righteousness on children’s children;
There seems to be two refrains. We are weak and frail. Our lives are but a whisper. We are the grass of the field. We are temporary. We will not be here for long. We are weak. We are clumsy. We fall down.
God is eternal. God is love. God longs to show mercy to His children. Why we are here for just a moment, God was here before we got here and will be here after we leave. He is before and after us. He is God.
And, He knows we are frail and weak. He knows we are clumsy. He knows we fall. He knows we get tripped up. He knows we are from the dust.
And He loves us anyway. He loves us in spite of our weakness. He loves us.
His love is greater than our mistakes. His strength is stronger than our weakness. His mercy is deeper than our sins. No matter what we’ve done. He loves us. He loves you today, no matter if you’ve done the same dumb thing yesterday that you’ve done for years.
He might not like what you’ve done. He might not delight in your sin.
But He loves you. He delights in you. You are loved, no matter what.
I don’t know about you, but I needed to hear this Psalm today. It’s a good thing to know that I’m loved, no matter what. So are you today. You are love, in spite of it all.
Live in that knowledge.