E100: 043 | It Begins and Ends with Praise


"Todays reading in Psalm 103 chapters 1 to 22 catalogues the benefits of God towards humanity.. One of the main ones is forgiveness of our sins, removing them as far away as the east is from the west.. The Psalm also reminds us the right response to God, it begins and ends with praise, simply in light of who God is, and all he’s done." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Psalm 103:1-22 | (ESV)

I will praise the Lord. Deep down inside me, I will praise him. I will praise him, because his name is holy.

... The Lord does what is right and fair for all who are beaten down. He told Moses all about his plans. He let the people of Israel see his mighty acts. The Lord is tender and kind. He is gracious. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love. He won't keep bringing charges against us. He won't stay angry with us forever.

... Let everything the Lord has made praise him everywhere in his kingdom. I will praise the Lord.
David speaks from experience here. He knew the righteous anger of God, but he also knew God's love, mercy, and grace. He understood this for his people, Israel, and he understood this personally. Israel turned away from God many times and lived many years without the presence of God as a result of their sin and inability to keep his laws. But David knew that Israel would not be separated from God forever. David knew God's forgiveness. He knew how it changed his life.

In fact, God established a way, the way, for Israel and everyone else, through the line of King David, to ultimately close the gap, the separation, through Christ Jesus.

God has established a way, the way, through his mercy, grace, and love for all to come near, for all to live in his presence forever without the fear of being separated from God ever again. Paul puts it this way in his letter to the Romans:
I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God's love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can do that. Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can do that. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God's love because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done. (Romans 8:38-39)
Let Everything that Breathes Praise the LORD ...

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