29 Dec Day 98: Praying the Bible – Psalm 103, by Adele Williams
I can’t believe that another year is almost over. It feels like only yesterday we were welcoming in 2016 and in a few days it will be 2017. Where has the year gone?
As we prepare to greet a new year, it is natural to take time out to think about what we have accomplished, or not accomplished, in this past year—to reflect on the highs and lows, the good and the bad.
So what stands out for you about 2016?
In today’s Psalm we find David reminding himself of the need to remember that God has been good to him and for that God deserves his praise. Life was not always easy for David, but he knew that God was good. In verses 3–5 David reminds himself of the benefits which come from a personal relationship with God, such as forgiveness, healing, redemption and strength, to name a few. From there David goes on to remind himself how God has been good to his people, to those who fear him and obey him.
Verses 15–18 remind us that life is short—we don’t know how long it will last—but God’s love for his people is eternal and trustworthy.
God has brought us through another year. What do we have to praise and bless God for this year?
“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”
Psalm 103:2 (NLT)
- Most versions translate verse 2 as ‘Forget not all his benefits’. Some people think we are ‘missing out’ on all the fun by following Christ. Have you ever felt this way?
- Make a list of all the benefits which, according to Psalm 103, belong to those who know, fear and obey God.
- Where have you seen God’s goodness at work in your life, your Corps, your community and The Salvation Army this year?
How to pray this Psalm—use it as a launching pad to remembering the good things God is doing in our lives, Corps and community.
Father God, as we consider the close of another year we want to take this opportunity to remember all the benefits which come from knowing You. As we look back on this year, open our eyes to see the good things You have done for us. You have blessed us immensely with Your grace, Your love, and Your mercy, and for this and all Your good gifts we praise and glorify You. Amen.
Adele Williams is the Corps Officer at Maryborough Corps, Queensland. Whilst she is an introvert who loves spending time alone, she also loves coming alongside people as they explore God’s Word and find out God’s passion and purpose for them.
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