Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Siew Lan   

Topic : The God Worthy of my praise
Speaker: Mr Christopher Cheah (SU General Secretary)
Scriptures: Psalm 103
Date: 16 JANUARY 2011

David starts this psalm with ‘Praise  the Lord, O my soul…’

In Psalm 103:1-2

  • David is talking to his soul, innermost self
  • What is the thought in my inmost being?
  • To praise God from the depth of my being
  • Recollection of his experience of God

Most times in our inmost being we are thinking about issues other than God, or telling God ‘I’m so sad / so angry about this…’We are not always ready when we come to worship to ‘Praise the Lord’. Sunday worship service should be a time for us to turn towards the Lord and praise the Lord. David is here exhorting himself to praise the Lord from his inmost being.

This psalm is a record of his thoughts of who God is. Reminding himself and recollecting this enables him to worship God in a deeper way.

Psalm 103 can be divided into 3 portions.

  1. Psalm 103: 1 -5 – God as the Personal Saviour
  2. Psalm 103: 6 -18 – God as the Compassionate Father
  3. Psalm 103: 19 -22 – God as the Heavenly King

 

1.  God as the Personal Saviour
David speaks of his personal experience and knowledge. God to him is like a personal saviour/redeemer/ God who

  • forgives our sins
  • heals our diseases
  • redeemesus from the pit
  • satisfies our desires with good things

David knows what is God’s forgiveness from the depths of his own experience He stood before God absolutely guilty. David can say that God crowns him with love and compassion.

2. God  as a Compassionate Father
God is

  • gracious, slow to anger
  • will not always accuse, does not treat us as our sins deserve
    • His holy purity cannot see one dot of impurity
    • Yet He is patient, log suffering, to see us put away our waywardness, har-headedness and return to Him
    • We would be consumed by our own self-centeredness if not for his abounding love.,

Our sinfulness would result in total annihilation in the presence of the holy God. But God is gracious and slow to anger. God is long-suffering. God will remove the sin so that we can have a relationship with Him. Because of the death of Jesus we are covered from the wrath of God. He has removed our transgressions (Psalm 103:12 )

Secondly, God’s  compassion for us is as a Fathers’s to a son (Psalm 103:13 ). The Father’s compassion for His children

  • remembers that we are dust, frail , mortal
  • transitory, short-lived, soon forgotten
    • to remember – to have something brought to the front of our attention
    • what we were created for and what we have become
    • God responds with the stirring of compassion

David reminds himself of God’s covenant with us

  • An everlasting relationship is established
    • He is our Father, we are His children
    • To those who fear Him, who remember to obey His precepts (Psalm 103:13 , Psalm 103:18 )
    • Down through the generations, children to children
      • if we remember, and do not forget to obey
      • if we remain faithful

 

3. God as the Heavenly King

  • God is the King who rules the heavens and all the earth
  • The heavenly hosts worship Him, praise Him, serve Him, obey Him
  • His works are done in all dominions
  • We worship such a Redeemer, Father and King

The last sentence of Psalm 103 is the same as the first .

This is God who is truly worthy to be praised.

We learn from David that worship is not only for Sunday. What about when we are alone, on our own? David helps us to worship God from the depths of our souls, turning inwards, remembering and recollecting. Our worship and praise of God is linked to the condition of our soul. As we worship, our soul is renewed, refreshed, revived. There is fresh energy, fresh life again.

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