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What are the Benefits?

 what are the benefits

Psalm 103 is a portion of Scripture every believer should know well.  Why?

It tells us of God’s character:  “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (v. 8, ESV).

It assures us of God’s forgiveness:  “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgression from us” (v. 12).

It teaches us that God is like a daddy:  “As a father has compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” (v. 13).

It reminds us that God knows and understands:  “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust” (v. 14).

It underscores that while our days are fleeting (“like grass” or “a flower of the field” that “the wind passes over . . . and it is gone,” vv. 15-16), security is found in God’s unchanging love (“the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting,” (v. 17).

And, it reminds us of the great “benefits” of a relationship with God:  he forgives, he heals, he redeems, he crowns, he satisfies (vv. 2-5).

So, what should our response be?  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (vv. 1, 20-22).  In our private devotions and when we gather on Sunday, we should offer soul-deep worship that blesses the name of the Lord!

Grateful for a Pastoral Team

For many years, our church has been led and served by a pastoral team.  While I am away on a combination of family vacation and study break, Sunday preaching responsibilities will be handled effectively by other pastors on our team as follows:

Sunday, July 26                Justin Nalls, Middle School Pastor

Sunday, August 2             Mark Hudgins, Membership Pastor

Sunday, August 9             Justin Nalls, Middle School Pastor

I will be speaking again, Lord willing, on Sunday, August 16.  Until my return, if you are in town I am counting on you to be in church.  You’ll be blessed as you support and hear our pastoral team.

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