Praise the Lord O my Soul!

Scripture reading for June 21: Psalms 98-103

Psalm 101:1-3 “I will sing of the steadfast love and justice; to You, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will You come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. . .

Psalm 101 praises God for His love and His justice.  Both of these character traits work together to reveal the holiness of God’s character.  Love without justice is some sentimental emotion that lacks integrity.  Justice without love is harsh and bitter.  Balanced as they are in God’s character, we can only worship Him and sing praise!  This holy fear of God’s justice caused the psalmist to be careful with his own life and character.  He sought to live a blameless life because he did not know when God might come in judgment.  He vowed to keep his eyes from vile things.  He knew this would defile his heart.  He hated evil and sought to live in truth and surround himself with those who were faithful.  He promised to eliminate from his house any who were false or wicked.  We would do well to apply these simple standards!

Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  

This psalm comes from the depths of a soul who loves God and is purposely remembering why he must praise Him!  God forgives us all of our sins!  He not only forgives our sins, but forgets them and removes them far away!  (Psalm 103:12)  God also heals all of our diseases and sicknesses!  God redeems our life from the pit–a place of destruction and punishment!  He also renews our youth and satisfies our desires with good things from His house!  He works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.  God is a loving Father and we are his special children.  His love promises us that though our life is short and tender, we who fear Him will enjoy that love forever and ever! (Psalm 103:14-17)

Have you praised God for His great love and justice? Are you ready to be called before Him? Have you thanked Him for all His blessings? What steps can you apply from these psalms in your life of worship?

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