Thursday, August 25, 2016

Getting to Know God

Praise the Lord, my soul;    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all 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 eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
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.
                                              Psalm 103:1-12

Few passages can teach us this much information about the God we love and serve.  You may read it over and over and come away with new thoughts showing us the extent of God's care and concern for his people.  For example, verse 4 reveals how God saves us from "the pit" and crowns us with love and compassion. And verse 10, lets us know God doesn't treat us like our sins deserve, and he doesn't repay us according to our sins and iniquities. 

Spend some time today on this Psalm, using these descriptive words of God, and see how well we can come to know him and experience how much he loves us.

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