I was driving down the street earlier this week and I saw the van in the photo above. It reminded me of a close friend’s car and that got me thinking about her and the friends and family I’m missing right now since our move. What I especially loved was the license plate. I’m sorry the details aren’t very good in the photo. It says:
I knew immediately it was referencing Psalm 103.
It’s one of my Dad’s favorites which made it even more special. I’ve read it a lot because of him.
There is a ton of God packed into this Psalm. It addresses a multitude of situations and so many apply to me right now.
When I got back home I reminded myself about its message by reading it through. To get the most out of it I read it slowly. I split it up to give each section the most meaning for me.
I was immediately reminded how deeply God cares for us. For me. He forgives ALL of our sins. There isn’t a single sin that God says, oops that one was too extreme- can’t forgive that one. In fact, as far as the east is from the west he has removed our sin.
He will not always accuse. That’s rare in our world. He is SLOW to anger. When he has anger he doesn’t hold on to it for long. I can learn from that.
God is filled with compassion; in fact, it’s mentioned four times in the Psalm.
There’s more and more, but why don’t I just let you read it for yourselves. Dwell on it. Enjoy it. Wrap your mind around it. Read it again and again.
I might need to get a new license plate.
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.