Sermon Notes-God is Provider and Merciful from Psalm 103:1-12

We are continuing our series, God is….which will look at what some call the attributes of God or the character or God or what makes God, God. Previously, we discussed God is Creator, Good, Great, Holy, Loving.

Introduction: A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. And the second is what we think God thinks of us.”

Opening: The Longest List: God has provided for me…financially (numbers don’t work, house in Iola), protection (basketball goal that fell on Molly, finger surgery/recovery), blessing (wife, children, family, church), spiritually (this summer in preaching, growth in who God is, what He has done)

We praise God for His Provision

·         Vs. 1-Praise Yahweh, O My soul

o   Barak-to praise, to bless, To “bless” is more than to praise; it is to praise with affection and gratitude.[1]

o   Soul- the part of a person that thinks, feels, wills, and desires. It is deeper than just physicial.

·         Vs. 1-Praise His Holy Name

o   Thanks to God for His Name-not just who He is but also what He does. All glory to Him!

·         Vs. 2-Praise the Lord, O My Soul is repeated.

o   Don’t forget- to lose (or seemingly lose) memory or remembrance of.

o   His benefits-his doings, something that aids or promotes well-being.

o   How often do I forget what God has done?  My lack of praise could be the result of me forgetting the provision of God in my life.

o   Why I resonate with songs that talk about who God is and what He has done-We Will Remember, In Christ Alone, Gospel Doxology, Lord, I Need You, Prince of Peace, My Rescuer, How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Jesus Paid It All, Mercy, The Power of the Cross, He Will Hold Me Fast, Your Great Name, Jesus is Better, It is Finished

·         Vs. 3-Forgives all your sins

o   for reconciliation with him is the fountain from which all other blessings flow[2]

o   All-“kol”-total, in all, the whole, everyone, everything

o   not just some of his iniquities! The forgiveness of God covers ‘all’ iniquities. [3]

·         Vs. 3-Heals all your diseases

o   Heal- to cure -to provide a cure for or make healthy again (whether physically or spiritually).

§  Diseases- disease n. — an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning.

o   God heals

§  in the past—on the cross-By His Wounds, we are healed-Isaiah 53:5

§  in the present- The Lord can and does heal His people[4]-Timing, wholeness

·         To be healthy means to be whole, and to be healed means to be restored to wholeness (Mt 12:13). Central to this idea of health is the concept that a person exists as a unity, one single person, but has several parts.[5]

§  in the future—no more death, mourning, crying, pain-Revelation 21:4

·         Vs. 4-Redeems your life from the pit

·         Vs. 4-Crowns you with love and compassion (mercy)

o   He regarded his life as having been made beautiful and attractive by the many expressions of God’s kindness.[6]

o   mercies The Hebrew word--rachamim, describes a deeply felt care[7]

·         Vs. 5-Satisfies your desires with good things

o   Conversation with my kids--Difference between a want and need

·         Vs. 5-Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s

o   the very picture of buoyant, tireless strength which Isaiah 40:30f. takes up[8]

o   Describes a strength that is renewed and even soaring.[9]

We praise God for His Mercy

·         What is mercy? Simply put, we don’t get what we deserve.  We deserve judgment, wrath, punishment, but God instead gives us mercy.  Mercy is given towards all creation, toward all humans (Matthew 5:45) and for those who are part of the family of God (Pink pg. 70)

·         Vs. 6-Righteousness and Justice for oppressed

·         Vs. 7-His ways to Moses, His deeds to Israel

o   God gave the Law (His ways) to Moses and showed His deeds that we read in Exodus of the plagues and crossing of Red Sea.

·         Vs. 8-Compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love

o   almost word for word-Yahweh’s self-description from Exodus 34:6

o   His mercies (compassions) are new every morning-Lamentations 3:22-23

·         Vs. 9-10-He will not always accuse, harbor his anger forever. He does not treat as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Why?

o   He does not deal with believers according to their sins because he has dealt with Jesus in their stead. Jesus bore their sins on the cross (1 Peter 2:24) and received the wrath of God for those sins.[10]

·         Vs. 11-High as the heavens-so great is His love

o   The form of expression is equivalent to saying that God’s mercy towards us is infinite.[11]

o   Or as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story would say “To Infinity and Beyond”

·         Vs. 12-East to West-Sins removed from us

o   Metaphor that expresses an amazing truth. How far is the east from the west?

§  The point being, God knew the distance between the poles could be measured, but you cannot measure the distance between the east and the west. Though there is a South Pole and a North Pole, there is no East Pole and no West Pole. 

Closing: Because God is provider and merciful, I am

·         Blessed-“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

·         Gifted-“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”    

·         Not Condemned-“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1)

Communion: A reminder of God’s mercy to us through Jesus’ death on the cross and His provision for us through the life of Jesus as well as His resurrection.

[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 2, p. 382). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.
[2] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 126). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
[3] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (p. 133). Leominster: Day One Publications.
[4] Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 945). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.
[5] Van Reken, D. E. (1988). Disease. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 1, pp. 633–634). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
[6] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (p. 134). Leominster: Day One Publications.
[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 103:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
[8] Kidner, D. (1975). Psalms 73–150: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 16, p. 398). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
[9] Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 946). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.
[10] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (p. 135). Leominster: Day One Publications.
[11] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 135). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.


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