Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalm 103

Last Sunday, at our Intergenerational Faith Formation Meal, we talked together about thankfulness, and each household received a sort of Thanksgiving devotional book to take home, with a different Psalm of Thanksgiving to read each day from now til Thanksgiving. For those of you who were unable to attend (or who just do better receiving things digitally!) those Psalms will also be sent out via the blog daily until Thanksgiving. Just a chance for you to stop and offer a prayer of thanks from the scriptures each day, developing deeper gratitude in your own lives. Today, as you pray this, consider: how has God been good to you?

Psalm 103: Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness
Of David.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all God’s 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 as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 God made known God’s ways to Moses,
    God’s acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 God will not always accuse,
    nor will God keep God’s anger forever.
10 God does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love toward those who fear God;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far God removes our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion for God’s children,

    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear God.

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