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Day Five: “Thank God!”

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Psalm 103 - 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;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass,

they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting

the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,

and his righteousness with their children’s children-

with those who keep his covenant

and remember to obey his precepts.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,

and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the Lord, you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his bidding,

who obey his word.

Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,

you his servants who do his will.

Praise the Lord, all his works

everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Reflection:

The Psalm of David is full of descriptive images of how one can show unrestrained thankfulness to our Father. There is nothing that comes close to what our Creator has done and continues to do today, lasting for eternity. As you goe through this Psalm, may it be an active time of deep, thoughtful reflection for thanksgiving and praise to the Lord for all that he has done, especially as we have experienced His saving and healing work in our lives. Who wouldn’t want to live in this magnificent reality with one another?

Responding to the Word:

May our hearts and minds overflow with joy and gratitude. One fruit that shows is having a heart of giving thanks. The salvation work of God is the greatest reversal and advancing of His reign forever. Our continued hope is that we constantly see these moments of salvation, in the church, in our time, and that we are lovingly swept up into what God is doing.  Focus on specific parts of this Psalm as you read through it, thanking the Lord for all He has done.  Let us end this week wrapped in thanksgiving and praise by lifting up our hearts in worship, in singing, and in much prayer.  May our lives be marked by praising the Lord from the inside out!

Day Four: “How It Was Meant To Be”

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Day Three: “We Are Not The Same”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Day Two: “As Close As We Can Get”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Day One: “Nothing Standing In Between Us”

Monday, March 24th, 2014