Thursday, September 18, 2014

more powerful Scripture


This week I have pointed you to some verses that dig deep in to the things that God says are true about the people who fear and follow Him.  These are not solely New Testament truths as you see they are found in the Psalms.

Literally there is a thread of truth that runs from Genesis to Revelation that reveals the grace of God that we so deeply need.  Knowing the blessings, holding to the truth changes us.  Romans 12:2 says that God will transform us through the renewing of our minds.  God intends to use Scripture to renew us in every way possible.

As you read note the things that amaze you about God’s work in our lives.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
 So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, 
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
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.

The notes from these verses don’t need a theological review or lesson written about them for us to understand how the love of God runs deep in our lives and by the mercy of God.  Here are my simple notes:

Don’t forget his benefits.  There are benefits to knowing and following God.

He forgives my sin.  Forgiveness brings freedom, strength and confidence.

God really does heal our diseases. 

We have been rescued from the pit.  This could allude to the pit of Hell.  It could also talk about the pit falls of life that God sometimes pulls us out of or keeps us from falling in them.  Redeems and rescues are words that go hand in hand.

God crowns us with His love and compassion.  He has placed righteousness in our lives that removed the penalty of sin and shame. 

All His actions are righteous and have intentions of saving, serving and lifting one or many people as he has saved each of us.

Our God is slow to anger and full of love.

Often His love and forgiveness cannot be explained.  It may seem that a person deserves punishment, but they receive what seems like rewards and kindness.  In turn the sins forgiven has been removed and forgotten described by the concept of “as far as the east is from the west”.  That is forever and never to be found again.

He loves like a father loves and knows us well.  That is our God and is powerful truth that transforms our lives.

May we allow God’s word to renew and change our lives.

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