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I Simply Want To Praise The Lord!

Psalm 103:2

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits

RayMcDThis morning I simply want to praise the Lord! I’ve faced a number of rough days in my life – some recently. I’m sure many of our readers have as well. Some of the members in the church I serve are facing rough times right now! Life is often rough and often doesn’t line up like we would want it to. Some of our troubles are caused by our sin and some by the sin of others. However they arrive – we all face tough times in our lives. This morning I simply want to praise the Lord!

Today’s passage says – praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Instead of focusing on the issues of life – and there are many – the passage reminds us to focus on the benefits of our Lord. I want to break down the first twelve verses of this Psalm today – repeating it in a paraphrase type fashion.

Today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 103:1–12 – Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

In the first twelve verses of Psalm 103 we see some of the benefits or blessings of being children of the Lord – reasons we are to praise the Lord – even from our inmost being. First He forgives our sins and heals our diseases. Next He redeems our lives from hell and crowns us with love and compassion. He renews our strength like the eagles and satisfies our desires. The Lord’s work includes righteousness and justice for all – including the oppressed. The Lord is compassionate and slow to anger – abounding in love. He will not always accuse us for our sins – He will not harbor anger forever because of our sin. He will not treat us as our sins deserve but will show mercy. The Lord’s love is greater than we could imagine for those who are His disciples. Our sins will be cast away from us – as far as the east is from the west.

This morning I simply want to praise the Lord!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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December 5, 2016 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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