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June 19 | Psalm 103:1-19


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