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“May you and I seek to live blameless lives before God.” <>< Dona (08/17/20)

Please read Psalms 101 through 105.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 101 Theme

A prayer seeking God (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, is it really possible for the psalmist to live a blameless life? (v. 2)

Something to think about

The psalmist said what he thought would help him live a blameless life: He would not look upon anything vile (v. 3a).  He hated the deeds of faithless men (v. 3b). He would stay away from those with perverse hearts (v. 4a).  He would have nothing to do with evil (v. 4b).  He would not listen to slander nor would he tolerate those who were arrogant and conceited (v. 5). He’s eyes would be on the faithful of the land, those who were walking a blameless life. (v. 6).  He would not associate with those who practiced deceit or spoke lies (v. 7).

Something to experience

Our friends and associates influence us on a daily basis.  So perhaps our closest friends should also be those who are seeking to live a blameless life.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 101:1 I will sing of loving kindness and justice.  To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.

Psalm 101:2 I will be careful to live a blameless life.  When will you come to me?  I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.

Psalm 101:3 I will set no vile thing before my eyes.  I hate the deeds of faithless men.  They will not cling to me.

Psalm 101:4 A perverse heart will be far from me.  I will have nothing to do with evil.

Psalm 101:5 I will silence whoever secretly slanders his neighbor.  I won’t tolerate one who is arrogant and conceited.

Psalm 101:6 My eyes will be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me.  He who walks in a perfect way, he will serve me.

Psalm 101:7 He who practices deceit won’t dwell within my house.  He who speaks falsehood won’t be established before my eyes.

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Psalm 102 Theme

A cry for help (v.1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was looking to You for a solution for his distress (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist described his condition.  He felt so distressed that he forgot to eat (v. 4).  He felt alone (v. 6-7). 

Something to experience

We too can become so despondent that we don’t take care of our basic needs.  And just like the psalmist we can seek God’s Presence (v. 12).  We can seek God’s mercy for ourselves and our nation (v. 13).   God will respond to our prayers (v. 17).  The world will one day perish but God will remain and His children will live with Him forever (v. 27-28).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord!  Let my cry come to you.

Psalm 102:2 Don’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress.  Turn your ear to me.  Answer me quickly in the day when I call.

Psalm 102: 4 My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 102:6-7 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness.  I have become as an owl of the waste places.  7I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop.

Psalm 102:12 But You, O Lord, will remain forever; Your renown endures to all generations.

Psalm 102:13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for it is time to have pity on her.  Yes, the set time has come.

Psalm 102:17 The Lord has responded to the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer.

Psalm 102:27-28 27 But You (Lord) are the same.  Your years will have no end. 28 The children of Your servants will continue.  Their offspring will be established before You.”

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Psalm 103 Theme

God’s Love.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, there are so many reasons we should be praising You (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Though God owes us nothing, He gives us many benefits, among them are: He forgives us; He heals us (v. 3); He redeems us and He crowns us (v. 4); He satisfies our desire (v. 5); He executes righteous acts and justice for all who are oppressed (v. 6); He has made His ways and deeds known (v. 7); He shows us mercy and grace. He is slow to anger and is abundant in loving kindness (v. 8).

Something to experience

We too can experience God’s benefits.  God has compassion on us, His children (v. 13-14).  God’s love for us, His children, is forever (v. 17-18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 103:1-21 Praise the Lord, O my soul! All that is within me, praise His holy name! Praise the Lord, O my soul, and don’t forget all His benefits,

Psalm 103:3-8 (the Lord is) who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteous acts, and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.

Psalm 103:13 13 Like a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.  14 For He knows how we are made.  He remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103:17 17 But the Lord’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear Him, His righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep His covenant, to those who remember to obey His precepts.

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Psalm 104 Theme

The Lord is very great (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the earth is full of Your riches (v. 24).

Something to think about

God is clothed in light (v. 2a).  The heavens are like a curtain (v. 2b). The clouds are His chariot (v. 3b).  He walks on the wind (v. 3c).    

Something to experience

All of what God made is amazing.  We can see the springs, the valleys, and the mountains He created (v. 10). We can see the animals of the field He created (v. 11). We can eat the food the earth produces (v. 14). We can see the moon and the sun (v. 19). And there is so much more that we can see.  I will seek to sing praises to the Lord as long as I live (v. 33-34). How about you?

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.  O Lord, my God, You are very great.  You are clothed with honor and majesty.

Psalm 104:2 He covers Himself with light as with a garment.  He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.

Psalm 104:3 He lays the beams of His rooms in the waters.  He makes the clouds His chariot.  He walks on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 104:11 They give drink to every animal of the field. …

Psalm 104:14 He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may produce food out of the earth:

Psalm 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons.  The sun knows when to set.

Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how many are Your works!  In wisdom, You have made them all.  The earth is full of Your riches.

Psalm 104:33-34 33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.  I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.34 Let my meditation be sweet to Him.  I will rejoice in the Lord.

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Psalm 105 Theme

Reviewing I Chronicles 16:8-22 and Exodus 1-16.  

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You did so much for the Israelites (v. 1).

Something to think about

God was very involved with the Israelites.  He did many marvelous deeds (v. 2-5). God made a covenant promising certain land to the Israelites (v. 6-11).

Something to experience

As a Christian I believe God’s covenant with Israel is still in effect (v. 42-45). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 105:1 Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His name!  Make His doings known among the peoples.

Psalm 105:2-5 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him!  Tell of all His marvelous works.  Glory in His holy name.  Let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face forever more.  Remember His marvelous works that He has done: His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

Psalm 105:6-11 you offspring of Abraham, His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones.  He is the Lord, our God.  His judgments are in all the earth. He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, His oath to Isaac, 10 and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute; to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance,”

Psalm 105:42-45 42 For He remembered His holy word, and Abraham, His servant. 43 He brought His people out with joy, His chosen with singing.  44 He gave them the lands of the nations.  They took the labor of the peoples in possession, 45 that they might keep His statutes, and observe His laws.  Praise the Lord!

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will sing praises to You (Psalm 101:1).  Lord, I pray we will seek to live blameless lives (Psalm 101:2).  Lord, when we are in distress hear our cries for You help (Psalm 102:1-2).  Lord, I pray we will remember all You’ve done for us (Psalm 103:1-2). Thank You Lord for forgiving our sins, healing our sicknesses, redeeming our life and satisfying our desire (Psalm 103:3-5). Thank You Lord for showing mercy and grace to us.  Thank You for being slow to anger.  Thank You for Your abundant loving kindness (Psalm 103:8). Thank You for showing us compassion (Psalm 103:13).  Thank You for all You’ve created (Psalm 104:24). Thank You Lord (Psalm 105:1). Thank You for the marvelous works You’ve done (Psalm 105:5). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

“May you and I continually thank God for what He has done, is doing and will be doing.” <>< Dona