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Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Scripture reading for June 22nd: Psalms 98-103

Praise and worship must be in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:24)  We must worship from our spirit man and from a mind renewed with the truth.  I have used Psalms 101 and 103 often in my personal life and in ministering to those in various kinds of troubles.

Psalm 101 praises God for His love and His justice.  Both of these character traits work together to bring wholeness or holiness to 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 worship Him and sing praise!

The holy fear of God’s justice caused the psalmist to be careful with his 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.  I have Psalm 101:3 on my computer to remind me of my need to keep my eyes on what is good!

Psalm 103 begins by praising  God for all of His benefits.  First of all God forgives us all of our sins!  (Psalm 103:3)  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, and our God does not change!  God redeems our life from the pit–a place of destruction and punishment!  We must bless Him from the depths of our soul!  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.  He is full of love and abounds in mercy and compassion.  God is a loving Father and we are His special children.  His love promises us that though our life is short and fragile, we who fear Him will enjoy His love forever and ever! (Psalm 103:14-17)

Psalm 103 ends with David exhorting a chorus of angels to praise the Lord.  The heavenly hosts are called upon to praise Him as well as all His works in the whole universe!  We joyfully join in: “Praise the Lord, O my soul!”

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Remember His Benefits!

Scripture reading for June 23rd: Psalms 98-103

One of the reasons that we praise the Lord is for all He does for us.  When we think of the Lord, we remember all His past blessings and from the depths of our being, praise begins to flow toward His throne!  These benefits are not just in the past, as a part of history, but also continue on into eternity!  They are gifts that keep on giving benefits and blessings.  Truly, “the blessing of the Lord brings wealth and He adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22)

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of His benefits–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 eagles.” (Psalm 103:2-5)

God’s love gives us what we really need, not just what we think we need.  A primary need for a relationship with God is forgiveness of sin, and all men have sinned.  (Romans 3:23)  Sin brings separation from God.  God is holy and cannot look on sin.  Sin has a penalty set by God–death and ultimately the pit of hell.  (Romans 6:23)  (Revelation 2014-15) God in his mercy offers forgiveness of sins by providing His own Son Jesus Christ to bear our sins on the cross.  Since the penalty of death was paid by Jesus, we by faith can be forgiven freely and justly!  Praise the Lord!

Not only did Jesus Christ redeem us from the penalty of our sins and offer forgiveness, but he also provided for our healing.   “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” (1st Peter 2:23)  That healing is available to all who will humbly receive.  Praise the Lord!

As we contemplate these benefits given by God through His love, our inmost being cries out in thanksgiving and worship!  But it is not just His benefits, but His glorious presence with us that is most precious!  We are being renewed and transformed daily in order to live in that presence for eternity!  We will soar with the eagles! “Praise the Lord  O My soul, and all that is in me, praise His holy Name! ” (Psalm 103:1)

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Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Scripture reading for June 23rd: Psalms 98-103

Praise and worship continue today in these psalms of the hymnbook of the nation of Israel and the gift of God to His people, the church.  Praise and worship must be in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:24)  We must worship from our spirit man and from a mind renewed with the truth.  I have picked Psalms 101 and 103 to draw from today for our devotion.  I have used these often in my personal life and in ministering to those in various kinds of troubles.

Psalm 101 praises God for His love and His justice.  Both of these character traits work together to bring wholeness or holiness to 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 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!  I have Psalm 101:3 on my computer to remind me of my need to keep my eyes on what is good!

Psalm 103 begins by praising  God for all of His benefits.   This psalm comes from the depths of a soul who loves God and is purposely remembering why he must praise Him!  First of all God forgives us all of our sins!  (Psalm 103:3)  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!  This was true in David’s day as in ours; God does not change!  God redeems our life from the pit–a place of destruction and punishment!  We must bless Him from the depths of our soul!  He also renews our youth and satisfies our desires with good things from His house!  We are most blessed!  He works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.  He is full of love and abounds in mercy and compassion.  God is like a loving Father and we like 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)

This last psalm ends with David exhorting a chorus of angels to praise the Lord.  The heavenly hosts are called upon to praise Him as well as all His works in the whole universe!  Praise the Lord, O my soul!

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