September 22

  September 22
By Pastor Judy 

Psalm 103:1-5

Praise the Lord, O my soul. With all that is within me, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul. Do not forget all his kind deeds.
He is the one who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases,
who delivers your life from the Pit,
 who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion,

who satisfies your life with good things, so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

When I was little, our parents taught us to memorize Scripture. This is one of those passages, one that makes me happy whenever I hear it. I don’t know why that is, because I memorized it so young, that I don’t remember doing it.  But I do know that it has helped to shape who I am today.

Praise the Lord, O my soul. With all that is within me, praise his holy name. Your soul is your whole being. It’s not a separate part of you. In praying the first 2 sentences, you are saying the same thing twice. (A very common feature of Hebrew poetry, by the way.)

Why praise God with my whole, entire being?  Because he is the source of
·         kindness,
·         forgiveness,
·         healing,
·         deliverance,
·         love and compassion,
·         renewed energy and life.

I guess that’s a good enough reason!  And maybe it’s why I feel happy whenever I hear these words.

Parents, grandparents and other mentors – it is important to help your children memorize key verses.  These verses get lodged in your child’s memory and become part of their very being.  It shapes them to be who they are.  They can never lose this kind of treasure; it is always in their data bank.

We used to memorize together when doing dishes.  Maybe there are other times you can do this: in the car, for example.  Make it a game; set up a reward system (stars on a chart, whatever).  The Holy Spirit uses this data bank to help them understand God; to console another person; to talk about what they believe.  It is available whenever they need to draw upon that bank.  And when they come to know about Jesus, he will already be recognizable to them.

Scripture is a precious gem of a resource.  Make it your own.

Pray as you sing.  Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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