Daily Archives: March 30, 2019

March 30 – Lenten Study Day 25

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving…

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

SOAP Note

Better Than I Deserve  | Kathy Page

Scripture

Psalm 103:10-12

Observation

What a hymn of praise this is to God!  Some have called it the “Mt. Everest” of praise!  I agree.  All of the benefits of the incomprehensible, unconditional love of God are in this hymn of praise. Praising God who redeems, who is righteous, who is gracious, who has sympathy, unending mercy.  Unceasing praise to God that He has not given us what we deserve, but oh so much better than we deserve!

What do we deserve?  Death. Eternal separation from God.  Hell.   It is by the grace and mercy of God that the burden of sin that we all carry, and which condemns us to eternal death has been lifted, and the barrier of sin which excludes us forever from the presence of God has been removed.  Jesus paid the price for our sins and HE broke the power of sin in our lives, and God in His grace and mercy has taken every foul word, impure thought, corrupt deed and flung it as far as east is from the west.  Given that the earth is round, if you were to travel east, you would continue going east forever.  East and West never meet.  This is an eternal distance.  Our sins are out of sight.    He has satisfied me with good things and demonstrated His grace and compassion by casting my sins an eternity away.

Application

How many times have I been asked,  “how are you?”  And the response usually is “ok” or “fine.” But, when I think of these 3 verses in this Scripture (10,11, 12), my response should be, “Better than I deserve.”  The penalty, guilt, shame of sin no longer have to haunt me. I have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, sin has no dominion over me.   I am free in the grace of the King of kings who pardons and sanctifies me when I turn from my sin and accept His mercy and seek His face.  What a comfort to know that when I fail, I can turn to Him in humility and sincere repentance, and He will cast my sins as far as east is from the west.  That is freedom and that is far better than I deserve.  Oh this is cause for me to bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name.

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your great compassion and patience; thank You that You are a God who redeems;  that You do not treat me as my sin deserves, but instead with Your everlasting mercy.  From everlasting to everlasting Your love is with those who walk with You.  By the Holy Spirit’s power, help me to study this until my heart and life are entirely a continual song of praise.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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