A Word of Encouragement (2)

Kickstart Sunday… and the week, with the right perspective!

Most Sunday, at the church I go to, we have a Bible study and discussion group called ‘Kickstart Sunday’. This is an informal look at a given bible passage, aided by coffee and cake! Yesterday, we looked at Psalm 103, and the person leading encouraged up to Praise the Lord Jesus, no matter how we were feeling, because praising and worshiping God is a requirement for those of us who consider ourselves believers, no matter what our circumstances. It is an active decision to do this, and is not just for Sundays, but,t well, for life! If you are reading this, I want to encourage you to Praise Him today, and every day, no matter what! This particular version of the psalm is from the Common English Bible (CEB), and I rather like the wording.

PSALM 103

Of David.
103 Let my whole being[a] bless the Lord!
Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
2 Let my whole being bless the Lord
and never forget all his good deeds:
3 how God forgives all your sins,
heals all your sickness,
4 saves your life from the pit,
crowns you with faithful love and compassion,
5 and satisfies you with plenty of good things
so that your youth is made fresh like an eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness;
does justice for all who are oppressed.
7 God made his ways known to Moses;
made his deeds known to the Israelites.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
very patient, and full of faithful love.
9 God won’t always play the judge;
he won’t be angry forever.
10 He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin
or repay us according to our wrongdoing,
11 because as high as heaven is above the earth,
that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.
12 As far as east is from west—
that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.
13 Like a parent feels compassion for their children—
that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.
14 Because God knows how we’re made,
God remembers we’re just dust.

15 The days of a human life are like grass:
they bloom like a wildflower;
16 but when the wind blows through it, it’s gone;
even the ground where it stood doesn’t remember it.
17 But the Lord’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now
for those who honor him.
And God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren
18 of those who keep his covenant
and remember to keep his commands.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 You divine messengers,
bless the Lord!
You who are mighty in power and keep his word,
who obey everything he says,
bless him!
21 All you heavenly forces,
bless the Lord!
All you who serve him and do his will,
bless him!
22 All God’s creatures,
bless the Lord!
Everywhere, throughout his kingdom,
let my whole being
bless the Lord!

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Dear Father God, may we truly worship you today, no matter what! In Jesus name, Amen.

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