What A Man Says
Have you ever been in the presence of a person who has compassion? Compassion is something that I believe may be easy to talk about having, but much more difficult to walk out. Compassion is taken from the Hebrew word, “Raham” and means to have love, to love deeply, to have mercy upon, and to have tender affection for. When you are around someone who has genuine compassion for people, you will know it and realize it. I have personally known several people who impacted my life as a result of the compassion that they showed to me and to those around them. One of the most vivid examples was that of my earthly father. He was a gentle and compassionate person who exemplified the example that the psalmist used in today’s scripture. Yet, that is not the focus of the verse.
The focus of the Bible is always upon the Lord. It tells us about who He is and what He has done for us. Through that we can also come to know who we are and what He has created us to do. The scripture tells us that the Lord has compassion upon His children just as a good father as compassion upon their children. The Lord is our Good Father! He has compassion upon us and He shows us His compassion each day. But does this mean that everyone is a recipient of this compassion? Does everyone experience it? Let’s read more closely for this answer.
The psalmist clearly attached a condition of this compassion. It is a cause and effect situation. This does have the greatest compassion, for those who fear Him. So, what does this mean to fear Him? Doesn’t the Bible tell us that fear is a bad thing in many places? This word, translated from the Hebrew word, “Yare” has the implication of reverence. It means that a person understands the authority and power that another has over them and because of that authority and power, they are willing to submit and yield to the will of the other person.
Today, do you recognize the authority and power that the Lord has in and over your life? Are you in a place in which you have a fear of that authority and power? A place where you respect and have reverence for who He is and what He can do? If you do not fear the Lord today, then mark my words that the day will come when you will fear Him and you will know that He is God.