The Lord works righteousness
And justice for all the oppressed.
He made know his ways to Moses,
His deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger, abounding in love.
Psalm 103:6-8 (NIV)
This is another of David’s writings. He writes kindly of the Lord. Let us see what the Shepherd King has to say;
“The Lord works righteousness and justice. . .” In our society, we see times when we believe victims do not receive justice. Either the perpetrators get off free or receive a very light sentence. God will take care of the hurt the victims and their families’ experience.
“ . . for all the oppressed.” When one is beaten down by attitudes and actions of another, sometimes God is the only friend the victims have. When we reach out to God, He accepts us as we are. If we are hurt, anxious, or angry, He listens to us and acts upon our needs.
“His deeds to the people of Israel”; Several times the Lord God had to remind the Israelites of what He had done for them. The Israelite people had very short-term memory—they would forget how God had been with them. Sometimes, we of the 21st Century forget what happened when we miraculously find ourselves on the receiving end of something nice. We do not deserve to be treated the way God treats us—we deserve death. Nevertheless, God gives us His love through His grace.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious . . .” God exercises compassion to all who come to Him. He never turns any of His children away. He listens intently and then he deals with us with grace—even when his discipline might seem harsh.
“slow to anger, abounding in love.”
One of the hallmarks of God is that he chooses not to do anything without extending grace or giving redemption for our/others’ sins. God provides everything we need in order for us to live; no wonder we learn to love Jesus as we do.