You Have Compassion on Your Children

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Psalm 103:1-22

Text: Psalm 103:1-22

In this 2-week reading plan, we are assuming a posture of thanksgiving before the Lord by meditating on ten Psalms of Gratitude. Rather than provide a written response to each Psalm, we have offered a simple yet meaningful activity designed to help us recall God’s mercies to us and through time. So grab a journal, and let’s create our own songs of thanksgiving to God.

 

Psalm 103
The Forgiving God
Davidic.

My soul, praise Yahweh,
and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord,
and do not forget all His benefits.

He forgives all your sin;
He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The Lord executes acts of righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He revealed His ways to Moses,
His deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love.
He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever.
He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our offenses.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass—
he blooms like a flower of the field;
when the wind passes over it, it vanishes,
and its place is no longer known.
But from eternity to eternity
the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him,
and His righteousness toward the grandchildren
of those who keep His covenant,
who remember to observe His precepts.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
and His kingdom rules over all.

Praise the Lord,
all His angels of great strength,
who do His word,
obedient to His command.
Praise the Lord, all His armies,
His servants who do His will.
Praise the Lord, all His works
in all the places where He rules.
My soul, praise Yahweh!

Dig Deeper:

May we forget not the Lord’s benefits! The faithful love and compassion God showed to David is true for us too. Read verses 3-5 again, and record God’s goodness to you by writing specific mercies in the blanks below.

He forgives _________;

He heals ____________.

He redeems __________;

He crowns me with __________.

He satisfies me with __________.

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196 thoughts on "You Have Compassion on Your Children"

  1. Cee Gee says:

    KIMBERLY Z – ❤

  2. Kimberly Z says:

    @Cee Cee love your post today. I am not going to lie I fill in the blanks in my head with short answers but I love the detail and intention behind what you’re saying. @Sarah D. Praying for your health! And your interview. You’ve got this!

  3. Michelle Patire says:

    Love all your posts today ladies!! They’re all so good and insightful.

    :) Back at ya! @Rhonda J
    @Heidi- yes you said it well, too.

  4. Rhonda J. says:

    Was it @Donna Wilcott…that read the series of Lynn Austin’s “Chronicles of the Kings?” It is SO good, I am up to book 5! I will be sad it’s the last book! It really brings you more insight and awareness of that time period and the will of the kings to want to follow their own lead or be Godly men! Just fantastic!!

  5. Rhonda J. says:

    @Martha Hix- Glad you get to go visit your daughter and grands! Prayers for safe travels!

    @Heidi- Thank you so much, so much wisdom there in your advice to me! (also, still getting through Sacred Marriage! loving it!) Prayers for you as you juggle so much and for your daughter and her goal. I am excited for you all that you decided to go to Ireland, that’s pretty big for an “unplanned” trip this summer!

    @Searching- heart

    @Cee Gee- thank you that blesses me

    @Michelle- smiley face

    @Sarah D–Hope you feel better, eat an orange! Prayers for that interview!

    @Mercy–thank you for you “always full of wisdom” comments…see you soon!

    @Kelly Neo–Thank you for your daily faithfulness

    Missing everyone else! :)

  6. Cee Gee says:

    HEIDI – I will be praying in agreement for Kin! My granddaughter is really “into” gymnastics (she asked recently if we could turn one of the basement rooms into a workout room). She is 8 and this is her 1st year. Excited for Kin!!!
    Thanks for your latest suggestions, too. I wad thinking about OMNISCIENCE yesterday and I think I still want to start with that – so many Scriptures to choose from!
    Praying for as you requested and for clarity of mind, resourcefulness with time/knowledge, peaceful spirit, and God’s bountiful grace tomorrow and Thursday. May you finish better than you could ask or imagine!

  7. Heidi says:

    sorry.. just took up a whole page on here and forgot to mention an ongoing request….

    ANYONE who would like to pray for an ongoing prayer request now/through this summer, my lovely 11 year old is wanting to make it onto a competitive gymnastics team this fall but due to injury had to miss team evaluations. Praying that if it is God’s best for her, there will still be a spot open in late July and her skills will be acceptable to make the team. :) I told her she and I would pray continuously and that I would “offer it up to my friends in my online bible-group”… so – her name is Kin. ❤️

  8. Heidi says:

    He heals my ANXIOUS HEART/THOUGHTS.

    He redeems my WASTED TIME;

    He crowns me with PEACE, JOY, ACCEPTANCE.

    He satisfies me with HIS KINDNESS, MERCY, FAITHFULNESS.

    Really needed this psalm today. Really need to remember in my weakness He has me. I am praying over and over for His grace and mercy to bring academic outcomes that are better than what I am expecting at this point. It seems impossible… Literally, this is not just “church talk”, my finishing well will only be a result of His unbelievable grace and mercy in me.
    Prayers are absolutely coveted for TIME, clarity of thought, wisdom/understanding of content, miraculous ability to quickly complete projects, elimination of disruption.
    A couple of projects/papers have taken significantly longer than expected (as in literal DAYS longer) which has taken time budgeted for OTHER papers/assignments that I thought I had spaced out well. I have three finals tmr/thurs that I haven’t even begun the outlines for. I’m feeling so defeated, then so regretful that I didn’t prioritize things earlier… I’ve always been a “work under pressure” personality and it always works well. But this semester has had more twists and unexpected turns that have just thrown me and my “process” completely off track. I don’t know… “defeated” is the best word to describe how I feel this moment… then regret that part of (I’m aware not ALL of) that is my own defeating of myself. :(

    MARTHA HIX- what a gift to get to spend that time with them!! I will be praying safe travels and just a sweet, memorable weekend for everyone! Your daughter and I are similar in age/children ages (w/exception that my youngest is 3… can we say “surprise!”?) They will love it, you will love it – have fun! :)

    SEARCHING- thank you. those are NOT just words.. I have not been feeling well (just a digestive-bug) and that combined with staying up extremely late and then up at 6a for kids/life/new day, i’m so exhausted. I fell back asleep after all the kid-drop-off this morning and am getting a late start and feel that anxiety and pressure that there is just.no.way. this will get done. Your prayer was already a concern on my heart before you lifted it – thank you so much, sweet sister… so much.

    MICHELLE PATIRE- yes, yes, and yes. I have been saying the same lately!! Thanking Him for already knowing where I struggle and still being there with me/for me. Honestly what I’ve found is that it’s releasing ME from thinking I’m supposed to have it all together. To not make stupid choices sometimes and fail miserably. My heavens, when my OWN GOD KNOWS I don’t – that I CAN’T- and yet I still hold myself to some standard that He has never held me to… it’s a relief for sure.

    RHONDA J.- I love hearing you share about the ministry you do with women behind bars. It’s monumental regardless if you see change in front of you or not. You are literally being Jesus to those women who are surrounded by anything BUT him throughout their weeks. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a loved one in prison, but to know someone was taking their time and heart and loving them in a place that sees no love – it would mean everything to me. I pray God continues to enlighten your heart in how/what to share and hear from those precious daughters of His. I heard a speaker/author say once that we stay in our pit because it is comfortable – it’s what we know. We spend years, decades decorating them and making them homey for us. But it’s just like these women you care for – could any of us imagine being in prison, trapped and then one day someone comes in and says “Just talked to the judge – you are free to go! Here is the map to get out, the doors are open, it may be a long walk and you may encounter some rude people along the way, but you are free and no matter they lies they try to tell you, nobody has the right to keep you here anymore” – and the response being “na, I’m good… I just repainted sooooo…. but thanks”. AHHH !!!!!!!!!!! Who would respond that way?! Yet we do with our own personal pits, don’t we?? Choose to stay trapped because we’re too frightened or unbelieving to trust that what God has for us outside is so much more than we could imagine… I pray you have such an amazing encounter tomorrow – you AND those blessed by you!

    CEE GEE- what a creative idea!!! If you have a topic in mind and just google “verses about ‘god’s majesty’, ‘characteristics of God’, ‘etc'” you’d be surprised at all that comes up. Maybe that will help. Or just search “psalms about —” and you’ll get good stuff too… Keep us posted what your weekly focus is! So fun!!!!

    SARAH D.- praying healing for you… colds/allergies are the worst. Your well enough to have to be responsible but sick enough to feel awful/tired/DONE. Still lifting up interviews and new jobs and fresh starts!!! Maybe devotional time becomes a lunch-time-activity for now…. lol :) :) :)

    PAM C- praying your family is holding up and you are all feeling the comfort of your Heavenly Father around you…