“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” (Ps. 103:13-14, NLT)
Recently I was having a difficult day. My struggle was with guilt. I knew that I had missed the mark in a significant way in my thought life. I had only let my guard down for a matter of seconds, but it was enough. I love the Lord so deeply that it hurts when I know I have let Him down in any way.
After I had spent the greater part of the day under a subtle heaviness, Holy Spirit reached out to me. I recognized the words from Psalm 103:13-14 as He expressed them to me in personalized form. “I understand,” I heard Him say tenderly. “I am aware that you are made of dust. I am intimately familiar with your vulnerabilities, and I understand you. I know your struggle, and I have deep compassion on you.”
My face lit up in a smile when I got on Facebook a short while later. At the very top of my feed, a friend had posted that exact verse.
This Scripture is one among so many that give us exquisite glimpses into the Daddy heart of God. Our Abba Father is exceedingly gentle towards our frailties.
And to think, that verse was even Old Testament! Even pre-New Covenant, Daddy was moved by our helplessness. He recognized long ago how desperately we need His intervention.
Since that time, Jesus has come into our world and walked in our sandals. As a result of His trials here, He knows firsthand how painful it can be to be a human on this earth.
You know that heavy pressure you feel when temptation overwhelms your senses – when it’s nearly all you can see or feel or hear? Jesus has faced that Himself. He had to undergo an indescribably intense battle with temptation.
It utterly exhausted Him. That the angels came to minister to Him afterwards was not simply a nice token gesture. He was fully human. He needed their ministry in order to survive.
The author of Hebrews beautifully expresses His experience here: “For we have not a high priest who is not able to be touched by the feelings of our feeble flesh; but we have one who has been tested in all points as we ourselves are tested…” (Heb. 4:15, BBE).
Jesus our High Priest tasted death itself for us, and all that it encompasses. He is profoundly touched by our struggles. He personally knows what we are enduring. He deeply, deeply understands.
With compassion more immeasurable than any ocean, He holds His hands out to you and me now. “Ready to try again? Come, dearly loved child. In these nail-scarred hands, there is power to overcome.”