The child of God may be thankful and bless God’s name when God is angry with him and chides him in His anger. Anger does not always mean hatred. Parents who love their children become angry, when the children walk in sin, exactly because they love them. Anger can very well mean that you love the person whom you chide. Listen to what David wrote in Psalm 103:9: “He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.” Take note also of our versification that sings:
Yea, the Lord is full of mercy
And compassion for distress,
Slow to anger and abundant
In His grace and tenderness.
He will not be angry alway,
Nor will He forever chide;
Though we oft have sinned against Him
Still His love and grace abide.
You see, to chide is to reprove, rebuke, or admonish, and it is that work of God’s mercy whereby He corrects us and improves our spiritual lives. He is angry when we sin. He is displeased. But because of what Christ did for us, “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us after our iniquities” (v. 10). He does not chide us because He hates us. His love for us moves Him to chide and correct us.
But get this and let it comfort you when He rebukes you in your sins: The day is coming when He will no longer chide us, for He will have brought us, with a body completely delivered from the power of sin, before His face in glory. Now already He has blotted out all our sins; but He will also take from us our old man of sin, with which we fall so easily into sin. That makes rebukes necessary. But the moment we die, all need for chiding is gone. Then we will never see His anger again, and instead will see the smile on His face. And fully we will experience all this in a resurrected, spiritual body that has no sin. He will not always chide. We will be sinless and pleasing in His sight.
Our sins were blotted out in His love. Bless Him for that! But bless Him also for rebuking you when you fall into sin. It means that He intends to bring you to sinlessness and a richer taste of His love in a sin-free creation.
Read: Psalm 145
Psalter versification: 280:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.