FULL OF COMPASSION Andy Hollifield 1-13-19
Psalms 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
Full of compassion. Have you ever looked up the word full to see what it really means? I know we all know what it means but we just use the word and don’t stop to realize what were saying. It means, completely filled, complete, entire, maximum, of the maximum size, amount, extent, volume, etc., abundant; well supplied. Now for the good one: containing all that can be held; filled to the utmost capacity. That means that God is filled with compassion for us, to the maximum extent possible, he is filled to the utmost capacity of his heart with compassion for us and his heart holds all the compassion it can and is filled to the utmost capacity.
The phrase “full of compassion” is used five times in the bible, all in Psalms and each one describing our God. Oh yeah; five is the number of grace. It is by his compassion for us that we were even made partakers of his grace. Here is a “divine coincidence” for you. By the way, my definition of “Divine coincidence” is something that might be considered a coincidence but is actually orchestrated by God. The phrase “moved with compassion” is used five times in the bible also. They are all in the New Testament and one time it is used by Jesus in a parable and the other four are describing Jesus. If you look at the uses of it, he is moved with compassion by the multitudes that have been faithful and grown weak, those that were sick, and those that were simply lost and unable to find their way having no shepherd. He didn’t come for those of the right social status but he came for “whosoever will” and that includes me.
The word “compassion” is used a total of 41 times in the bible. The word “compassions” appears only twice. Once in Lamentations 3:22 It is of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. The other time is in Zechariah 7:9 when the Lords says “…Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.” Isn’t that something? It is used once to tell us how compassionate the Lord is. The next time is to tell us how compassionate we should be to others.
Think about all of this for a minute; God continually turns away his anger and couldn’t possibly have anymore compassion for us than he already does. His compassions never fail or disappoint, they’re never late, and they are never lacking anything that we have need of. It is because of his compassion that he said in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” In verse eight he also says, “neither be dismayed.” We need to remember that. It’s not just anybody that is walking with us, it is our God and he is full of compassion for you and me. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!