3/5/2017 Thoughts for the Week
Psalm 103: 1-6
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 forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Psalm 103:1-6
Please read: Cross-reference at JoyPsalms; (under Psalm tab) Remember God’s Mercies
Jeramiah 31: 3 and Isaiah 1: 18
1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God,don’t forget a single blessing!3-5 He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one.He redeems you from hell—saves your life!He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
6-18 God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work,opened up his plans to all Israel. God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth,so strong is his love to those who fear him.And as far as sunrise is from sunset,he has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children,God feels for those who fear him.He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud. Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,but a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here.God’s love, though, is ever and always,eternally present to all who fear him, making everything right for them and their children as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said.