Scripture lesson: Psalm 103

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So this podcast/post is a special request from dear friend of mine, (I did not ask permission to use their name, so I’ll leave that out for now), who asked to read a passage of Scripture, and Psalm 103 came to mind. I realized about half-way into the reading, that I spoke on part of this Psalm a couple of years ago around this time,  but the Word of God, and this Psalm in particular, is always timely, relevant, illuminating, refreshing and encouraging.  Without further ado, let’s walk through Psalm 103:1-22!

1)Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2)Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

3)Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,

4) Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6) The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

7) He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8) The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9) He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.

10) He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11) As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear [reverence] Him;

12) As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13) As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.

14) For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15) As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16) For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

17) But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children,

18) To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19) The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom rules over all.

20) Bless the Lord, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21) Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22) Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.


Amen, amen, amen! BCU Fam, there are several passages of Scripture that speak to my heart–especially when the psalmist talks about God’s healing, redeeming, mercy and grace that is extended to his children. It is no wonder David started and ended the Psalm with “bless the Lord, O my soul!” Hallelujah!!!!!!

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Benefits.God

Hey family!

As 2012 goes out and 2013 comes in, while in prayer, The Lord put in my spirit that He doesn’t wait until a new year comes to bless His children. In fact, David praised God as he listed the benefits God gives in Psalm 103:1-18.

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Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:

Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear [reverence] Him;

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.

For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,

and His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

AMEN!!!

How about THAT?! In addition to salvation, those who obey God get these benefits, too! I don’t know about you, but that’s enough to excite and bring me to a another level of gratefulness, not only Easter, Christmas or New Year’s Eve, but EVERYDAY! “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (Psalm 68:19).

As we bring in 2013, keep these in mind and heart as you go through the year as a reminder of that even in these uncertain times, we can count on God’s unfailing love, mercy, salvation and benefits.

May God bless you with His best blessings this coming year and always!

Love,

Blen

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Hey family!

I am interrupting the salt series in the spirit of Christmas! I thought I’d re-share a written excerpt from a scene in a play that the youth of Meriden Bible Way (Meriden, CT) wrote and put on for Christmas a few years ago. This was the “sermon” part of the play. Enjoy!

“You see church, some folk saw Jesus, just as a prophet or teacher
Abba, Rabbi, and a good preacher.

But got the that really know His Holy pages, we know:
To the geologist He is the Rock of Ages.
To the Doctor, He is the Great Physician
To the Carpenter, He is the Master Builder.
And any foundation, needs a Chief Cornerstone.
A Lawyer, you never need one, cause we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous—HALLELUJAH!
To the Astronomer, He is the Bright and Morning Star,
To the Botanist, He is the…

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