Sunday Series: Praising Our Heavenly Father & Psalm 103
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It is Father's Day here in the United States, so I thought I would share a short note on my current thoughts and feelings.
As many of you are aware, I am a Christian, and do believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father, who are one and the same. My Father in Heaven gives me light and life in this dark world, and I would be lost without him. He has changed everything in my life, and I regularly go to Him to share my celebrations, my problems, my appreciation, and my love.
Father's Day is extra special to me because I also take it as a time to thank and praise my Heavenly Father. He is the one who has saved me, made me new, and helped me become the woman I am today. I owe everything to him, and on Father's Day, I am annually reminded of his beautiful love and mercy on my life.
In Psalm 103, David perfectly summarizes so many truths, characteristics, and beauties of our Lord. If you would like, I would love to share with you in the celebration and love for our God on this special Father's Day. Take time reading Psalm 103, and if you would like, feel free to pray these words out loud.
Psalm 103 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Lord’s Wonderful Love
1 With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! 2 With all my heart I praise the Lord! I will never forget how kind he has been.
3 The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, 4 and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.
5 Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
6 For all who are mistreated, the Lord brings justice. 7 He taught his Law to Moses and showed all Israel what he could do.
8 The Lord is merciful! He is kind and patient, and his love never fails. 9 The Lord won’t always be angry and point out our sins; 10 he doesn’t punish us as our sins deserve.
11 How great is God’s love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!
12 How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!
13 Just as parents are kind to their children, the Lord is kind to all who worship him, 14 because he knows we are made of dust. 15 We humans are like grass or wild flowers that quickly bloom. 16 But a scorching wind blows, and they quickly wither to be forever forgotten.
17 The Lord is always kind to those who worship him, and he keeps his promises to their descendants 18 who faithfully obey him.
19 God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation. 20 All of you mighty angels, who obey God’s commands, come and praise your Lord!
21 All of you thousands who serve and obey God, come and praise your Lord! 22 All of God’s creation and all that he rules, come and praise your Lord! With all my heart I praise the Lord!
God is the perfect Holy combination of justice and mercy. In this Psalm, we read of God's faithfulness, mercy, power, grace, and majesty. In His infinite wisdom, He uses the hardships in our lives to grow and change our hearts, and He never forgets His promises.
As we bask in His glory, the Psalm encourages us to praise God, showcase our love for him, and boldly step forward in our relationship with Him. I cannot think of a better way to spend part of Father's Day than at the feet of my Heavenly Father, sharing my love and appreciation for Him.
Remember that God is your loving Father, even if you have no earthly Father. I know it can be difficult to walk this life alone, but always remember, if you are a sinner saved by grace, there is no need for you to be alone: your Heavenly Father is there, and we can call upon Him and praise his Holy name.
Blessings to you my loves, and never forget that you are deeply loved.