Wednesdat Word 11.06.2019

Psalm 103

1 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,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

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.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
     and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
     Praise the Lord, my soul.

This is the biblical principal that changed my life. I first heard it as quoted from Isaiah (Chapter 40:6-8) in a Sunday School class. In an instant, forty years of being ashamed and guilt-ridden that I could not begin to measure up to the amazing example of our Savior dissolved. I had exiled myself for a long time, thinking if I kept a low profile God wouldn’t notice. I didn’t understand that God knew all about me! I didn’t understand his capacity for compassion. I never grasped that, “…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (v. 10),” because all along, “he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (v. 14).” It was revealed to me in a lightening flash that it is the magnificence of our God, his capacity for love and mercy that is the heart of the matter. This is why I am compelled to praise his Holy Name. This is why I must keep striving to “keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts (v. 18).” How can our response be anything less?

This puts my life here on earth into perfect perspective for me. I am fallible. I am mortal. I am not responsible for the fate of the world. That job is taken and is in the very best hands. My earthly job is to be born, live the very best life I possibly can, and then die. David has it right in this Psalm when he says this place will someday remember me no more! But, what will remain forever is the love God has for us. We get to celebrate the amazing Almighty God who chooses to love us and be a part of passing that love along. That is our legacy. That is our job…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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