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God’s Compassionate Care (Psalm 119:77)

May Your compassion come to me that I may live, for Your law is my delight. Psalm 119:77
  The word compassion is tender affection, pity, or sympathy for another who is suffering. Picture a baby who is totally dependent on its mother. And a mother who is gentle, kind, loving and patient as she takes care of her child.   So God is compassionate to His children. We will never fully comprehend the depth and breadth of His tender mercies that are bestowed upon us.   It is in God’s compassion that He preserves His children:  
You, O Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. Psalm 40:11
  His compassions are so great that He is willing to blot out our transgressions:  
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
  In compassion He answers our prayers:  
Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; according to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me, Psalm 69:16
  His compassions will endure forever:  
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. Lamentations 3:22
  The psalmist understands his own desperate need of God’s compassion. It is the compassion of God that allows him to live as God intends in the challenging circumstances of life.   The psalmist is not simply throwing out a prayer for God to be compassionate to him. He also understands the value of God’s word in his life, and the word is his intense delight. It is vital that we understand the connection between our love for God’s word and our prayer lives!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58