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May 24, 2020 Sermon
"I Know, Right?" (Acts 17:22-31) - Text File - Video
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. (Psalm 103:17-18)
Psalm 103 is a blessing, not of God upon a faithful person or the entire people of Israel, but one for God given by the psalmist. The author of this psalm begins this way, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” The psalmist then gives himself the responsibility for remembering all of the “benefits” of God, and the list is a lengthy one: forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, mercy, goodness, and renewal. The author of this psalm next witnesses to the character and priorities of God. God works for justice, especially for the oppressed. God stands for the ones who are powerless and least able to stand for themselves. God has handed his ways onto Moses and the people of Israel. The psalmist zeros in on God’s forgiveness and steadfast love. God “does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” The psalmist tells us that God treats us with compassion because we are mortal. Even when our earthly lives end, God’s steadfast love endures forever. These realities are what motivated the author of this psalm to rejoice and bless God. I believe that we are all called to do that – bless God with our lives, the ones God has saved and redeemed. We do this by imitating the character and priorities of God. We may be mortal, but we can still do God’s work and reveal God’s love to all.
Lord God, thank you for all you have done and are doing for your people. We thank you for your infinite patience and forgiveness. Help us to live our lives as blessings to you. We pray this in your son’s name. Amen.
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