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June 24, Show Me Your Compassion. Psalm 103

Sermon Summary

This psalm is an outburst of personal and corporate praise in response to the character of God. David speaks to his own soul about the many benefits he has received from the love of God. He then turns his attention towards the congregation of God's people and calls on them to rejoice with him in the character of God, who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. In the final verses of this psalm, David invokes all of creation to join in praising the Lord for his good and loving rule over all things. The psalm then ends with David returning to focus on his own soul, "Bless the Lord, O my soul!" From beginning to end, the psalmist is swelling with internal delight over the steadfast love of God. This psalm is a call for Christians to regularly meditate on the character and goodness of God. His love towards us in Christ should be a constant point of reflection and celebration. May we be a body of people delighting in and reflecting God's abounding love.

Fellowship Starters

Psalm 103:2 says, "Forget not all his benefits." How often do you take time to meditate on his benefits? What could you do to make such meditation a more regular habit in your life?

What is the relationship between God's character in verse 8, and the benefits that the psalmist lists out for us in verses 2-5?

Which aspect of God's character in this psalm do you find most difficult to reflect in the way you live and treat others? What steps can you take towards more consistently and sincerely imitating God in this area?

What opportunities do you have to corporately celebrate God's love in your life? Do you take advantage of corporate opportunities to speak to the ways God's has been manifesting his grace to you in particular?

God's compassion led him to sacrificially pursue the good of those in misery and distress. What opportunities do you have to show compassion to those who are in distress? Can you think of ways that God might be calling you to sacrificially and compassionately engage the needy or non-Christians? Pray over this possibility this week.