Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Write a Reminder For Your Soul

The first few verses of Psalm 103 show the nature of a man's soul in a fallen world. A soul can forget. Even filled with joy and filled with recognition of the eternal it knows it's limits.

"Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed." - Psalms 103:1-6 ESV

This Psalm is like a lucid moment of memory. The Psalmist writes a note for Himself in God's presence. Like we would write a note in the evening to remember something in the morning. We could forget to mail the letter or put gas in the car so in the moment of memory we leave ourselves a reminder.

God needs no reminders to be who He Is and do all that He does. My soul is a soul that 'blesses' when I remember that. All healing... all satisfaction... all justice... all redemption is in Him.

"He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us." - Psalms 103:7-12 ESV

Remember His patience... think again of how personal He Is. How does He deal with us... Is it according to sin or our bad emotions... No... never that... His love is larger... Because of the cross His love is in sight but is so large that are human perception can not grasp the full scope of it... sin is removed far away and love fills our vision...

"As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children," - Psalms 103:13-17 ESV

Remember that God knows you. Like an attentive perceptive Father who knows each child our Father in Heaven knows us. He has compassion for our quirks and limitations. He sees what we are made of. Our frame has limits but His love does not. We are fixed in His love. His love makes our soul permanent because nothing limits His memory or His power.

It is morning and we can remember. Let the moments of recognition we have had of divine glory wash over us again in fresh ways...

Who Is God?
What Is He like?
What has He done?
What are His commitments?

In remembrance faith can be mixed in to our thoughts and love can fill us again. If we remember we will worship.

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