Jan 31

PSALM 103:1-5

“LET ALL THAT I AM PRAISE THE LORD; WITH MY WHOLE HEART, I WILL PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME. LET ALL THAT I AM PRAISE THE LORD; MAY I NEVER FORGET THE GOOD THINGS HE DOES FOR ME.HE FORGIVES ALL MY SINS AND HEALS ALL MY DISEASES. HE REDEEMS ME FROM DEATH AND CROWNS ME WITH LOVE AND TENDER MERCIES. HE FILLS MY LIFE WITH GOOD THINGS. MY YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLES!

PSALM 103:8-14

“THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL, SLOW TO GET ANGRY AND FILLED WITH UNFAILING LOVE. HE WILL NOT CONSTANTLY ACCUSE US NOR REMAIN ANGRY FOREVER. HE DOES NOT PUNISH US FOR ALL OUR SINS; HE DOES NOT DEAL HARSHLY WITH US, AS WE DESERVE. FOR HIS UNFAILING LOVE TOWARDS THOSE WHO FEAR HIM IS AS GREAT AS THE HEIGHT OF THE HEAVENS ABOVE THE EARTH. HE HAS REMOVED OUR SIN AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST. THE LORD IS LIKE A FATHER TO HIS CHILDREN, TENDER AND COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. FOR HE KNOWS HOW WEAK WE ARE, HE REMEMBERS WE ARE ONLY DUST.

PSALM 103:19-22

“THE LORD HAS MADE THE HEAVENS HIS THRONE; FROM THERE HE RULES OVER EVERYTHING. PRAISE THE LORD, YOU ANGELS, YOU MIGHTY ONES WHO CARRY OUT HIS PLANS, LISTENING FOR EACH OF HIS COMMANDS. YES, PRAISE THE LORD, YOU ARMIES OF ANGELS WHO SERVE HIM AND DO HIS WILL! PRAISE THE LORD , EVERYTHING HE HAS CREATED, EVERYTHING IN ALL HIS KINGDOM. LET ALL THAT I AM PRAISE THE LORD.

You and I were created to worship God (the whole world was created for this!). We innately have a deep desire within us to worship and to adore someone. Many people spend their lives in the pursuit of who/what that someone or something will be, but only the worship of God will satisfy that desire and longing. This chapter of Psalms shows us what it looks like to command our souls in the worship and adoration of God, and it gives us a pathway to engage our mind, heart, and spirit in the process.

David begins in verses 1-5 by naming what he will do: “Let all that I am praise the Lord, with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.” Here, David declares that he will praise the Lord with every part of his being, engaging both his heart and his mind. Next, David recognizes the human tendency to forget what God has done. Personally, I have found these verses to be so helpful. When I wake up in the morning, my temptation is to be filled with worry, anxiety, stress, and pressure. Yet when I remind my soul of all that God has done for me, it triggers deep gratitude and peace in my spirit. Try this, and watch God shape your heart in the process!

In verses 8-14, David now shifts to focusing on God’s character. The practice of recalling the nature God is absolutely essential if we want to live a life of gratitude and fulfillment.

Today, remember that God is compassionate towards you.

He is merciful towards you.

He is slow to get angry with you.

He is filled with unfailing love for you.

He is not sitting in heaven accusing you today. In fact, His love towards you today is as high as the heavens are above the earth and He has completely removed your sin! That sin that you feel will always have a grip on you, and will have you blackmailed for life, has been covered today!

He is like a perfect father to you.

He is compassionate and merciful towards you today.

Let that truth sink in before we move on.

To finish this chapter off, from verses 19-22, David lifts his eyes once more to heaven, and engages his heart in the worship that is happening there. When we worship God, we join in with the angels as David did. The God who is tender and compassionate toward you today is the same God who is being worshiped right now in heaven by angels. God is above all things. He is contained and limited by nothing. He is not limited by your situation or your worry or fear today. He exists outside of the pressure of daily life, yet He willingly steps into the story with you.

Praise Him for being so big yet so intimate! Praise Him for being like a perfect Father to you today. Praise Him for removing every single one of your sins. Praise Him for being compassionate to you. Praise Him for all He has done in this time of prayer and fasting, for all that we can see and all that we cannot see. Praise Him for sustaining you through this time and for all He is going to do in this coming year in you and through you!

And know that Echo.Church praises God for you— for your faithfulness, your prayers, your heart, and your life!

Prayer:

“God, It’s amazing to consider all that you have done. I am overwhelmed with how much you love me. I am reminded of your character and your nature, and I want to give you the worship and adoration you deserve. Would you remind my heart and my mind today, and throughout this year, of this truth? I want to declare as David did, “Let all that I am praise the Lord. With my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.” No matter what may come, no matter what has passed, You are worthy of my gratitude. You have done so much for us, and You will do even more, still.

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