Psalm 103 is one of my favorite Psalms and it speaks to me today as I prepare to give the Sunday morning message at the Yountville Veteran’s Home Protestant Service. I am comforted by these words:
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembered no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Psalm 103: 8, 10-18
I know for certain the Lord loves, forgives, treats me with His compassion, knows my very being from beginning to end and that I can be used by Him. Do I fear speaking this Sunday? Yes, I am fearful of standing before others and speaking. But, No, I am confident that God will use me, my words and my testimony to His glory. He is in control, not me. I just need to trust Him for the results. Isaiah 55:11 is the verse I claimed for my book Fearless Living and I am surely claiming it this Sunday too. “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God is the one doing the work and His word will not come back without results. What greater guarantee of success can I ever need?
May the words of this psalm give you hope, courage, knowledge and assurance of our Great God today!