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June 19 | Psalm 103:1-19


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Praise the Lord, O My Soul

by Elaine Pierce

This is a psalm that deserves to be read aloud. If you have the opportunity in your small group this week, try this: Everyone read verses 1- 5 together. One reader: verses 6-12. One reader: verses 13-19. Everyone read verses 20-22 together.

Do it more than once. Allow the words to sink in. What words or phrases or truths stand out as you listen to this Psalm, as you ponder God's word? I am struck anew by verse 8:

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

And verse 13:

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him."

Last Sunday, we looked closely at how Jesus welcomed children to his side. He blessed them, and he reminded the adults, both Pharisees and disciples, that the kingdom of heaven belongs to "such as these." In Psalm 103, King David is reminding us that we are all God's children. Children on whom he has compassion. Children he loves. In verses 17-18, he extends this compassion to future generations:

"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."

Take time this week to read Psalm 103 daily. Allow God's word to soak into your soul. Here you will find compassion. Praise the LORD, O my soul.


Lord, you do not give us what we deserve, and we thank you for that. Thank you for your word, which refreshes our souls. Help us to humbly accept your compassion and your love. Amen.

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