March 27, Reading 2 – Psalm 103

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SAA Notes

Countless generations have learnt this psalm by heart. It’s truths both comfort and challenge. It ends with the glorious truth that I have to rely on Him myself!

SJA Notes

This is a well-known psalm, and for good reason!

We are called at the start and the end of the psalm to BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL.

Here is the psalmist transfixed with a high purpose, so that though the reality of our days like grass is still clear in their mind, they are gripped with the sight of the Lord!

“But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him.”

Here is a truth to hold onto, to grasp hold of. God’s LOVE is so incomprehensible that the psalmist uses an already vast word meaning in “everlasting” and puts it at two ends of a spectrum we cannot fathom and says God’s love is THAT big! For us!

And it is this love that we have to tell others of. The love of our heavenly Father showing compassion to His children.

We can tell people of this love, particularly when measured up against the earthly reality, “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower in the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.”

It should be no wonder to us that people without Jesus as lost and lonely, desperately seeking meaning.

Because this is the reality – We are like grass!

That’s why God’s love, that eternal and true reality, high as the heavens above the earth – God’s love is what we can tell to the nations!

Bless the Lord indeed, for His love, His steadfast love! Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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