By Elizabeth Prata
From electing love to glorifying love, you are loved by God. You were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. He loved you in Christ before time began, and He will love you in Christ when time is over. The committed love of God for His people is as eternal as God is. There’s no time with God. He doesn’t learn anything. He doesn’t arrive on a new idea. He doesn’t come up with new people to redeem. He has always loved His own as long as He has existed. ~John MacArthur, Remembering All His Benefits
This is an incredible sermon about the praise and gratitude of Psalm 103. Psalm 103 has had more music sung about it or from it than any other (except perhaps Psalm 23). The only name mentioned in the Psalm is YHWH. There is no historical note or context. It is pure praise and love and devotion toward Yahweh.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
6 The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
He has forgotten all our sins! Let us always remember Him and all His kindnesses toward us, each day. Please take a look at the 16 items that come in just The Salvation Package. And the LORD gives so much more.
Then please take a listen to this sermon that will no doubt ignite your gratitude and cause singing from the wellsprings of your soul. John MacArthur upacks Psalm 103 and in so doing makes God’s love toward His people real and devastatingly poignant. And then,
[N]othing more clearly demonstrates our remaining sin than the ease with which we forget such staggering love and blessing.
This sermon will help you remember all His blessings, and gratitude will flow and praise will come and worship will happen. I promise.
Lord, May there always be a fountain of praise and worship from my soul to Him!