Friday 28 November, 2014

Psalm 103

1 I will praise the Lord. Deep down inside me, I will praise him. I will praise him, because his name is holy. 2 I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins. He heals all my sicknesses. 4 He saves my life from going down into the grave. His faithful and tender love makes me feel like a king. 5 He satisfies me with the good things I long for. Then I feel young and strong again, just like an eagle. 6 The Lord does what is right and fair for all who are beaten down. 7 He told Moses all about his plans. He let the people of Israel see his mighty acts. 8 The Lord is tender and kind. He is gracious. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love. 9 He won’t keep bringing charges against us. He won’t stay angry with us forever. 10 He doesn’t punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished. He doesn’t pay us back in keeping with the evil things we’ve done. 11 His love for those who have respect for him is as high as the heavens are above the earth. 12 He has removed our lawless acts from us as far as the east is from the west. 13 A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him. 14 He knows what we are made of. He remembers that we are dust. 15 People’s lives are like grass. People grow like the flowers in the field. 16 When the wind blows on them, they are gone. No one can tell that they had ever been there. 17 But the Lord’s love for those who have respect for him lasts for ever and ever. Their children’s children will know that he always does what is right. 18 He always loves those who keep his covenant. He always does what is right for those who remember to obey his commands. 19 The Lord has set up his throne in heaven. His kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the Lord, you angels of his. Praise him, you mighty ones who carry out his orders and obey his word. 21 Praise the Lord, all you angels in heaven. Praise him, all you who serve him and do what he wants. 22 Let everything the Lord has made praise him everywhere in his kingdom. I will praise the Lord.

It is all there! Everything about God and about himself is expressed from the depth of David’s heart; he leaves nothing to our imagination. If we fail to recognise the incredible nature of our God expressed in this Psalm, then we miss the essence of David’s relationship with the LORD –

Let’s allow the Psalm to speak for itself! – In this Psalm, David reaches a high level of adoration for God. In his praise he encourages us to remember all of God’s benefits: –

  • He forgives all our sins
  • He heals all our diseases
  • He redeems us from hell itself
  • He crowns us with love and mercy
  • He satisfies our desires with good things
  • He renews [“supercharges’ from the Passion Translation TPT] our youth so that we can soar like eagles.

What a magnificent God! These benefits express what He does, and then David writes of who He is

  1. God is compassionate
  2. God is gracious
  3. God is slow to anger
  4. God is rich in love [the Message] TPT translates, His love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness
  5. God is our Father full of compassion, the kind of fatherly compassion which is a mere sample of His tender feelings towards those who love Him.
  6. God is the King of a supreme everlasting Kingdom
  7. God’s love is so incredible, so compassionate. He knows all about us, yet His love is absolutely unconditional.

Our Prayer: From the depth of our hearts we praise You for all the benefits You so generously apply in our lives. Our hearts fill with worship as we experience the wonder of who You are for us.

Written by Keith Bennett

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