God’s Word of Mercy and Forgiveness
Psalm 103: Today’s reading is a psalm that offers praise for God’s love and care. God’s love, goodness, and kindness last forever.
The Love of God
1Praise the Lord, my soul!
All my being, praise his holy name!
2Praise the Lord, my soul,
and do not forget how kind he is.
3He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4He keeps me from the grave
and blesses me with love and mercy.
5He fills my life with good things,
so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.
6The Lord judges in favor of the oppressed
and gives them their rights.
7He revealed his plans to Moses
and let the people of Israel see his mighty deeds.
8 The Lord is merciful and loving,
slow to become angry and full of constant love.
9He does not keep on rebuking;
he is not angry forever.
10He does not punish us as we deserve
or repay us according to our sins and wrongs.
11As high as the sky is above the earth,
so great is his love for those who honor him.
12As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our sins from us.
13As a father is kind to his children,
so the Lord is kind to those who honor him.
14He knows what we are made of;
he remembers that we are dust.
15As for us, our life is like grass.
We grow and flourish like a wild flower;
16then the wind blows on it, and it is gone—
no one sees it again.
17But for those who honor the Lord, his love lasts forever,
and his goodness endures for all generations
18of those who are true to his covenant
and who faithfully obey his commands.
19The Lord placed his throne in heaven;
he is king over all.
20Praise the Lord, you strong and mighty angels,
who obey his commands,
who listen to what he says.
21Praise the Lord, all you heavenly powers,
you servants of his, who do his will!
22Praise the Lord, all his creatures
in all the places he rules.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 103:8
The LORD is merciful and loving, slow to become angry and full of constant love.
In what ways has God blessed you? When have you experienced God’s kindness, mercy and forgiveness? What verses in this psalm speak to your experiences? For what will you praise God today?
My soul praises you, O Lord! You are merciful and loving, and you forgive my sins. Thank you, Lord God, for your constant goodness and everlasting love. With my whole heart I praise you! Amen.
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