Ash Wednesday Bless the Lord O my Soul

Psalm 103: 1-5  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth his renewed like the eagle’s. (ESV)

This is one of my favorite Psalms and I will be using portions of Psalms or even whole Psalms as we walk through this season of Lent.  Here the Psalmist reveals the essence of God’s character in His forgiveness and redemption.  We are also reminded of God’s mercy and goodness as He satisfies the needs of our souls and renews us.

As you mediate on these verses today- focus on your iniquity and seek His forgiveness.  God desires that we are humble and penitent before Him.   1Peter 5:5b-6 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”  (ESV)    Know that God can and will forgive you as you repent and turn to follow Him more closely.  As you pray claim these verses in Micah and know with assurance that your sins are gone.

Micah 7:18-20   Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance?  He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.  He will again have compassion on us, he will tread our iniquities underfoot.  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.  You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old. 

Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we are His children and belong to His forever family. Praise God for His mercy and forgiveness.

Beginning with forgiveness,

Linda

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Remember, God casts our sins into the depths of the sea- way out there- they are gone. Let them GO! 

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