The previous devotion focused on the first two verses of Psalm 103 and the need to remind ourselves of all the reasons we have to praise the Lord. This devotion will work through those reasons as David lists them in the Psalm.
“who forgives all your sins”
Through Christ all of our sins are atoned for perfectly and completely. Not just many of them or partly, but all of them completely.
There are two main incorrect approaches to forgiveness and getting right with God. Either, people try to clean themselves up as much as they can on their own and then go to God or they “accept” God’s forgiveness and then try to pay it all back. In both situations people are trying to earn the forgiveness and righteousness they receive.
How strange would it be if someone won millions of dollars in the lottery, more money than they could possibly ever earn through their job, and then before cashing in the ticket, they tried to save up as much money as possible to pay for it? If they first tried to pay off their student loans and credit card debt and whatever other debts they might have by their own work and then started to “earn” the money they won in the lottery. They could work their fingers to the bone and never make enough to “pay” for the lottery.
“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.” Psalm 65:5-8
This Psalm uses beautiful imagery to declare that God is the creator of all, sovereign over all, and Savior for all.
“Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.” – Psalm 40:5
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25
I’ve mentioned before that our words fall short of being able to describe God as He truly is because He is so far above and beyond what we can even comprehend. These verses show us that not only are our words inadequate in quality, but also quantity.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:9-14
Scripture is filled with thanksgiving for many reasons. One of the primary reasons that a Christian always has something to be thankful for is salvation.
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” – Ephesians 6:7
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” – Colossians 3:23
What does it mean when you do your work for the Lord rather than for people?