Has anyone else here read Psalm 103 lately? Of the Psalms, it speaks quite openly to those of God from David till now, and certainly even the gentile Christians. We can get in these debates so quickly and hit the ball back and forth across the net of public opinion or personal viewpoint, but we also need to remember the fullness of the grace He holds towards His own redeemed people.
I like the plain reading from 'The Complete Jewish Bible'
"Bless ADONAI, my soul!
Everything in me, bless his holy name!
Bless ADONAI, my soul,
and forget none of his benefits!
He forgives all your offenses,
he heals all your diseases,
he redeems your life from the pit,
he surrounds you with grace and compassion,
he contents you with good as long as you live,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
AADONAI brings vindication and justice
to all who are oppressed.
He made his ways known to Moshe,
his mighty deeds to the people of Isra'el.
ADONAI is merciful and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in grace.
He will not always accuse,
he will not keep his anger forever.
He has not treated us as our sins deserve
or paid us back for our offenses,
because his mercy toward those who fear him
is as far above earth as heaven.
He has removed our sins from us
as far as the east is from the west.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
ADONAI has compassion on those who fear him.
For he understands how we are made,
he remembers that we are dust.
Yes, a human being's days are like grass,
he sprouts like a flower in the countryside -
but when the wind sweeps over, it's gone;
and its place knows it no more.
But the mercy of ADONAI on those who fear him
is from eternity past to eternity future,
and his righteousness extends
to his children's children,
provided they keep his covenant
and remember to follow his precepts.
ADONAI has established his throne in heaven;
his kingly power rules everything.
Bless ADONAI, you angels of his,
you mighty warriors who obey his word,
who carry out his orders!
Bless ADONAI, all his works,
in every place where he rules!
Bless ADONAI, my soul!"
So maybe the simple answer is to fear God and keep the conditions He placed on the covenant?
This Psalm makes me consider the grace He has towards us as being beyond what I now know. Guess that's why we're encouraged to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?:-)