Tag Archive: Psalm 103

Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from www.public-domain-image.comIn the eternal Kingdom of God, those who’ve chosen to be raised anew by the life of Christ are then called to reach back into the kingdom of darkness, allowing the power of Christ to work through them, rescuing the blind and the lame. And as with any battle, the enemy of our souls doesn’t stop attacking simply because we’ve defected to the true King’s side. In fact, now we can, for the first time, begin to understand the reality of the battle. The side we once fought for is now the side which fights so ardently against our souls. Now openly engaged, the battle has really just begun.

In this spiritual war, there will be many important lessons to learn, relearn, and teach to others.  This three part series  is written to share a few simple, but key points that can hopefully serve as lamp posts for those just joining the battle and for seasoned vets as well.  The first key to remember and continually return to is that of our own powerlessness. 

Street LightCall it a negative profession if you want, but it is a reality none the less. We cannot fight this spiritual battle in our own strength.  In Psalm 103 it says, “For He [the Lord] knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” 

Again in Matthew 26:41, Jesus says, “Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  

In our own power, we are at best using dust in a battle that is more powerful than we can begin to fathom.  We are powerless against temptations and trials if we depend on our own resources.  In fact, our flesh would love for us to try fighting in our own strength.  After all, in our power, it is our flesh that gets all the glory and God gets none.  In the end, we cannot win against the enemy of our soul, but Jesus can.  Jesus did.  And that same God who died for our sins and had the power to raise Himself from the grave is the same God who will fight for us every day.  Just as in so many of the battles recorded in the Old Testament, the Lord promises to go before us and guards behind us.  “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14. “For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 52:12.

No matter how strong or weak we think we are, may we never resort to fighting our own battles.  God is our daily bread and He will fight our daily battles from now until eternity!  “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 7:19,24,25a

Psalm 103:1-4 Commentary

[A Psalm of David.] 1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] His holy name.2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3.Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies…” Psalm 103:1-4

The blessings of God so far outweigh anything this world has to offer!  There are an inexhaustible amount of eternal and temporal benefits in following the Lord Jesus.  The enemy of our souls (Satan), the father of lies, would have us believe that there is nothing more wonderful than the temporary pabulum of this cursed creation.  Too often our souls develop a taste for this fading world, all the while allowing our eternal eyesight to dim.  Who could offer anything as great as forgiveness of sins, redemption, perfect lovingkindness and the tender mercies of God?  The simple answer is no one, but God Himself.  God’s reminder here is clear- The world will NOT bring satisfaction or contentment, nor will focusing on the things of the world enlighten the soul or bless the Lord.  There is a more subtle, but exacting reminder in the words “forget not.” We must always be on guard and alert, for the enemy of our souls will attempt to draw our attention away from the benefits of God, namely Himself to the temporary pleasures of the world.  Too often we believe that we are actually giving up something to come to Christ.  In actuality, we are only gaining. Letting go of this world only means we have that much more room in our heart, soul, and mind to be filled with the love and truth of Jesus Christ!  “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…” Philippians 3:8 

A good rule of thumb:  Place all things upon the altar, then set them ablaze.  (1 Kings 18:37-39) All that remains is worth worshipping.  In other words, only worship that which is eternal- worship God and Him alone!

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