Lessons From Psalm 103

 

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  •  Thankfulness (1-5, 20-22)
    • We must recognize that all things come from God and because of this we have no reason to be ungrateful.
    • Thankfulness is required in our walk as Christians.
    • We cannot base our thankfulness on the world’s standards, because like most things in the world it is simple not good enough.
    • People around us will notice (Luke 5:25-26, 18:43, Acts 3:8-9)
      • This gave Peter and John a teaching opportunity that they took advantage of.
      • People notice gratitude, especially towards them
    •  Jesus acknowledges and appreciates a thankful heart (Luke 17:11-19)
  • Righteousness (6-7, 9, 17-18)
    • Definition of righteousness/justification - it is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law
    • God made His will available to all, first the Old Law through Moses and now the New Law.
    • He sent His son as the ultimate form of righteousness
    • God has given us the ability to become righteous because we ourselves cannot be righteous
  • Mercy (8, 10-19)
    • Mercy does not mean that we can do what we want and get away with it (Rom. 6:1-2, 15)
    • Vs. 10 points out the extent of His mercy, He has patience with us because He knows that we are but dust (vs. 14)
    • There will come a time when God’s mercy and patience will run out (2 Pet. 3:9-10)
    • If we fear Him (vs. 17) and keep His commandments (vs. 18) He has promised everlasting mercy and righteousness. (2 Pet. 3:11-15)