uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul;
and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not [one of] all His benefits—
Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities,
Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption,
Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you
with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire
at your personal age and situation] with good
so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s
[strong, overcoming, soaring]!
The Lord executes righteousness and justice
[not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.
He will not always chide or be contending,
neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.
He has not dealt with us after our sins
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great are His mercy and loving-kindness
toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father loves and pities his children,
so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him
[with reverence, worship, and awe].
For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers
and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass;
as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it and it is gone,
and its place shall know it no more.
But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord
are from everlasting to everlasting
upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him,
and His righteousness is to children’s children—
To such as keep His covenant
[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]
and to those who [earnestly] remember His
commandments to do them
[imprinting them on their hearts].
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
and His kingdom rules over all.
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord,
you His angels, you mighty ones who do His commandments,
hearkening to the voice of His word.
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord,
all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion;
bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!
God is good. Not because we deserve it. Not because of anything we have done. God is good because that is Who He Is. More often than not, God is good in spite of our behavior. The Israelite Children had seen God in action doing mighty and amazing things. Yet, they continued to panic and doubt Him every time they perceived a bump in the road. God could have washed His hands of them. He could have turned His back in frustration and disgust. Who would have blamed Him? But God’s mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting. He is a God Who does not give up on His children. He pities. He forgives. And He continues to bless.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
Who can put into words and tell the mighty deeds of the Lord?
Or who can show forth all the praise [that is due Him]?
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied)
are those who observe justice [treating others fairly]
and who do right and are in right standing with God at all times.
[Earnestly] remember me, O Lord, when You favor Your people!
O visit me also when You deliver them, and grant me
That I may see and share the welfare of Your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
that I may glory with Your heritage.
We have sinned, as did also our fathers;
we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt understood not nor appreciated Your miracles;
they did not [earnestly] remember the multitude
of Your mercies nor imprint Your loving-kindness
[on their hearts], but they were rebellious
and provoked the Lord at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake
[to prove the righteousness of the divine character],
that He might make His mighty power known.
He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up;
so He led them through the depths as through a pastureland.
And He saved them from the hand of him that hated them,
and redeemed them from the hand of the [Egyptian] enemy.
And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left.
Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them];
they sang His praise. But they hastily forgot His works;
they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them,
But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried
to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.
And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls
and [thinned their numbers by] disease and death.
They envied Moses also in the camp,
and Aaron [the high priest], the holy one of the Lord.
Therefore the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan
and closed over the company of Abiram.
And a fire broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a molten image.
Thus they exchanged Him Who was their Glory
for the image of an ox that eats grass
[they traded their Honor for the image of a calf]!
They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done such great things in Egypt,
Wonders and miracles in the land of Ham,
dreadful and awesome things at the Red Sea.
Therefore He said He would destroy them.
[And He would have done so] had not Moses,
His chosen one, stepped into the breach before Him
to turn away His threatening wrath.
Then they spurned and despised the pleasant
and desirable land [Canaan];
they believed not His word [neither trusting
in, relying on, nor holding to it];
But they murmured in their tents
and hearkened not to the voice of the Lord.
Therefore He lifted up His hand
[as if taking an oath] against them,
that He would cause them to fall in the wilderness,
Cast out their descendants among the nations,
and scatter them in the lands [of the earth].
They joined themselves also to the [idol] Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices [offered] to the lifeless [gods].
Thus they provoked the Lord to anger with their practices,
and a plague broke out among them.
Then stood up Phinehas [the priest] and executed judgment,
and so the plague was stayed. And that was credited to him
for righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)
to all generations forever.
They angered the Lord also at the waters of Meribah,
so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;
For they provoked [Moses’] spirit,
so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
They did not destroy the [heathen] nations
as the Lord commanded them,
But mingled themselves with the [idolatrous] nations
and learned their ways and works
And served their idols, which were a snare to them.
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons
And shed innocent blood,
even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
and the land was polluted with their blood.
Thus were they defiled by their own works,
and they played the harlot and practiced idolatry with their own deeds
[of idolatrous rites].
Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people,
insomuch that He abhorred and rejected His own heritage.
And He gave them into the hands of the [heathen] nations,
and they that hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies also oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under the hand of their foes.
Many times did [God] deliver them,
but they were rebellious in their counsel and sank low through their iniquity.
Nevertheless He regarded their distress when He heard their cry;
And He [earnestly] remembered for their sake His covenant
and relented their sentence of evil [comforting and easing Himself]
according to the abundance of His mercy and loving-kindness [when they cried out to Him].
He also caused [Israel] to find sympathy
among those who had carried them away captive.
Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in praising You.
Blessed (affectionately and gratefully praised) be the Lord,
the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, Amen! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Psalm 118:1 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.
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