Summary: this Psalm reminds us of God's covenant loyalty. He has special blessings for those who enjoy a relationship with Him

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Text: Ps. 103


1. In the great fish story of the Bible, Jonah gets angry with God when he doesn’t punish the people of Nineveh

2. He has a most interesting prayer which very clearly highlights the content and condition of his heart:

“O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” Jonah 4:3

3. He voices what had been known by the Israelites since the days and ministry of Moses:

“Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” Ex. 34:6-7a

4. This is the basis for Psa. 103


A. This first section is personal, first person

1. He forgives all my sin

2. he heals all my diseases

3. he redeems my life from the pit/death

4. he crowns me with tender love and mercy

5. he restores my vigor/passion---strength of eagles

B. Relationship with God is God given and God restored

C. It is a relationship of peace---tranquility of the soul

1. no worry about sin---God deals with it

2. sickness and death—I’m not anxious, God deals with it

3. He gives me what I need to sustain me, filling my life with

good things.


A. v. 6 He gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated


1. he acts rightly toward those who are treated unfairly

2. Ex. 3:7-8 “I have seen the misery, I have heard the cries, I

am concerned about their suffering…I have come down to

rescue them…

B. He revealed his ways (character NLT) to Moses and his deeds to

the people of Israel.

1. Ex. 34:6 “the Lord, the Lord…compassionate, gracious, slow

to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love

to thousands, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin, yet, I do

not leave the sinner unpunished.”

2. Deut. Chs. 1-6 retells the story of deliverance from Egypt, a

key theme throughout Israel’s history, reminding them of who

and what they were to God

C. The psalmist now details God’s ways/character:

1. He doesn’t constantly accuse, rebuke---look for wrong

2. he doesn’t remain angry forever---no grudges

3. he doesn’t deal with us as our sins deserve, or repay

us/reward us according to our iniquities---merciful, not

immediate justice.

4. v. 11-12 his mercy is infinite---as high as…. As far as…

He has removed our transgression.

5. The Lord is compassionate, just like a father to his children

6. He remembers how we are formed—we are frail dust

7. Man & his glory is fleeting, temporal, But God’s loving-

kindness is from everlasting to everlasting-----TO THOSE WHO

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