For reasons I’ll explain later, I’m not going to begin a study on another full book just yet. Instead, this Sunday, we’re going to begin a short study on what, for me, has become a focal point chapter in the book of Psalms.
This is a Psalm I love to pray…for a while I prayed it every day, but now its every few weeks, as other Scriptures and prayers have been in the forefront for me.
Psalm 103 is a Psalm of David…a song that is believed to have been written in his old age. I imagine that old king, scars on the arms which hold his harp, reflecting on his adventurous life with God as he hums and sings in time with his strum. It’s such a wonderful prayer.
As you read it, do me a favor. If you need to, print out a copy of the Message version of Psalm 103. Now, sometime when you have a moment of quiet…somewhere when you’re all alone, and the TV isn’t screaming what you should buy, and the kids are occupied or asleep….in that time, read this out loud (a whisper will do though), and add personal pronouns in the reading…so that it is a conversation in which you personally are speaking to God.
It will read like this:
1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless your holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
3-5 You forgive my sins—every one.
You heal my diseases—every one.
You redeem me from hell—You save my life!
You crown me with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
You wrap me in goodness—beauty eternal.
You renew my youth—I’m always young in Your presence.
….and on and on. You get the idea. Personalize the language of the Psalm…make it YOUR prayer…and pray that Psalm to God. Think over what it means as your saying it (realizing that He hears you, no matter what you hear). Let it soak in.
What does this Psalm say to you in the first five verses? What do you see as the emphasis? What is revealed, and who is it revealed about?
Do these verses evoke any thoughts you want to share, good or bad? Questions maybe? Testimonials?
Just wondering. Hopefully this will be a cool study. I really love Psalm 103.