Psalm 103: The Goodness of God

What obstacles might we face in letting “everything within” praise the Lord?

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Psalm 103:1 A song of David.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Let everything within me praise his holy name.
King James
Psalm 103:1 <A Psalm of David.> Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

How can self-talk further our praise?

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Psalm 103:2–3 Bless the Lord, O my soul. Remember all that he has done for you, who forgives your wrongdoing and fixes your faults.
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Psalm 103:2–3 less the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

What evidence do we have that God rescues from the grave?

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Psalm 103:4 He rescues you from the grave and showers you with love and compassion.
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Psalm 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

If God satisfies the hungry and gives us strength, what should we do when we’re weak and starving?

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Psalm 103:5 He satisfies your hunger with everything good, so you feel young and strong, able to soar like an eagle.
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Psalm 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Why might God take longer than expected to bring righteousness and justice?

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Psalm 103:6 The Lord brings righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
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Psalm 103:6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

How well did Moses understand God’s ways?

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Psalm 103:7 He made his ways known to Moses and proved himself to the Israelites.
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Psalm 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

If God proved himself to the Israelites, why didn’t they believe?

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Psalm 103:7 He made his ways known to Moses and proved himself to the Israelites.
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Psalm 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

At what point will God give up on us and no longer restrain his anger?

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Psalm 103:8–9 The Lord is compassionate and kind, not easily angered but quick to show an abundance of love. He will not always contend with us, but he’ll restrain his anger.
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Psalm 103:8–9 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

Do people ever get away with anything? Why??

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Psalm 103:10 We might think we’re getting away with our wrongdoing, because we’re not immediately punished.
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Psalm 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

If God’s love is unconditional, how can it be affected by our thoughts and actions?

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Psalm 103:11 As the sky is high above the earth, God’s lovingkindness is unimaginably great for those who revere him.
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Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

How unwavering is God’s forgiveness of our sins?

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Psalm 103:12 Farther than the eastern horizon is from the west, God has taken away our sins so they can’t be seen.
Matthew 6:14–15 If you forgive others for the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 “But if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you.
Hebrews 6:4–6 Those who have seen the light, accepted the gift of salvation, and received the Holy Spirit, having tasted the goodness of God’s word, experiencing the spiritual strength of the world to come, if they turn away, they have no means to gain repentance and forgiveness, since they crucify the Son of God a second time, putting him to open shame.
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Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Matthew 6:14–15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Hebrews 6:4–6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Since all fathers on Earth don’t have compassion for their children, how can we understand God’s care for his own?

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Psalm 103:13–14 As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord cares more for those who revere him, for he knows how we were made. He remembers making us out of dirt.
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Psalm 103:13–14 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

For what reasons do people die young?

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Psalm 103:15–16 Our lives are like the grass and wildflowers, springing up in the fields and flowering for a while, which are gone and forgotten as soon as the scorching winds come.
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Psalm 103:15–16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

How does the goodness God shows to parents affect the children?

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Psalm 103:17–18 But the Lord’s goodness lasts forever for those who revere him, and his righteousness reaches their children who remember his agreement and obey his commands.
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Psalm 103:17–18 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Is Heaven so far away that God cannot effectively rule on Earth? Why?

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Psalm 103:19 The Lord established his rule from above and governs all his creation.
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Psalm 103:19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

What differences exist between the praises of those who do God’s will and those who don’t?

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Psalm 103:20 Let all his representatives praise the Lord, you mighty people who hear his voice and do what he says.
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Psalm 103:20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

What distinctions can be made between “warriors” and “servants”? In what ways are they the same?

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Psalm 103:21–22 Praise the Lord, his warriors and servants, who do whatever he wants.

Praise the Lord, all who work under his direction.
Let my whole being praise the Lord.
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Psalm 103:21–22 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.