S (Scripture): Psalm 103
6 The Lord works righteousness;
does justice for all who are oppressed.
7 God made his ways known to Moses;
made his deeds known to the Israelites.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
very patient, and full of faithful love.
9 God won’t always play the judge;
he won’t be angry forever.
10 He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin
or repay us according to our wrongdoing,
11 because as high as heaven is above the earth,
that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.
O (Observation): God’s promise of justice and mercy is not empty. Moses is proof that God’s people will not be abandoned. Jesus Christ crucified and risen is proof that God’s people will not be abandoned.
A (Application): God’s justice and mercy are dealt with compassion. God’s desire is not to punish us. Our identity is not in our sinfulness, but rather in God who is holy and who redeems us. We are God’s forgiven sinners. That is our identity.
P (Prayer): God, remind us that we are yours! Amen.