Post by TheFirebrand on Nov 27, 2014 19:41:37 GMT -6
"But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering and abundant in mercy and truth."
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion - Or merciful, in the most affectionate and tender manner, as a parent to a child. This was the comfort of the psalmist during his troubles with his enemies; that although they were cruel, the Lord was merciful.
And gracious - As is manifest from His kindness in Christ Jesus. From His justification, pardon, adoption, effectual calling and salvation of His people, which are all of grace.
Long suffering - Not only to wicked men but to His chosen ones. He bears with them, waiting to be gracious in order to bring them to repentance and save them; 2 Peter 3:9.
The words rendered "long suffering" mean that there was and would be, delay in His anger. That it was not soon excited. He did not act from passion or sudden resentment and He endured the conduct of sinners without rising up to punish them. He was not quick to take vengeance but bore with them patiently.
The psalmist, knowing that he was a sinner, hoped and pleaded that God would save him.
Plenteous in mercy and truth - That is, in faithfulness. He will faithfully keep His promises. See Exodus 34:6, to which these words refer.