Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

God’s Handling of His Children

 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.  Psalm 103:1-14

A. What the Lord has done for us – Ps. 103:1-5

1. Meet our greatest need,: Ps. 103:1-3a, Luke 5:17-20

2. Cure our greatest diseases, Ps. 103:1-3b, Ps. 107:20, Luke 4:18-19

3. Saves us from sin’s temporal and eternal consequences: Ps. 103:1-4a, Heb. 2:14-15, Rev. 20:6

4. Exalts over us with love and mercy: Ps. 103:1-4b, Zep. 3:17

5. Brings us contentment: Ps. 103:1-5

B. How the Lord treats us – Ps. 103:6-14

1. With kindness and patience: Ps. 103:6-14, Ex. 34:6

2. With mercy not giving us what we deserve: Ps. 103:6-14, John 8:1-11, Micah 7:18-19

3. With steadfast love: Ps. 103:6-14, Jer. 31:3

4. With parental compassion: Ps. 103:6-14, 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 15:11-32

5. With awareness of our weaknesses: Ps. 103:6-14, Ps. 78:39, Gen. 2:7