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The Object of Our Praise: Bless the Lord, O My Soul

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Bless (7x’s in this chapter)= to praise, bow the knee, to fill with strength, adore, give glory to one deserving

Praise the Lord with your whole being. (personal blessing) - v. 1-5

v. 1 All that is within me is to bless Him for His perfections.

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
v. 2 Benefits (blessing, gift, i.e. job w/ benefits) i.e. Owen at dinner table (legos, etc.)
Forgives - exclusive word in OT for God’s forgiveness, never for mans
i.e. Owen at dinner table (legos, etc.)
Heals - from sickness, sin-sickness (with His stripes)
Redeems (cost is implied) - from death (the pit of corruption)

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;

Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Crowns - to royalty, He surrounds us with love and compassion
Satisfies - his strength is renewed as the eagle’s

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;

They shall be fat and flourishing;

They shall be fat and flourishing;
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Application:
I should desire to praise the Lord with all of my being, with every breath that I have been given.
Forgiveness, Redeeming, Healing, Crowning, Satisfying

Praise the Lord that He acts towards us out of the depth and height of His love. (corporate blessing) - v. 6-14

v. 6 God deals justly with His creation.
God commits Himself to defend the oppressed.
v. 7 God showed His character to His people in the Exodus as Moses was used to bring deliverance.
God punishes the wicked but all while maintaining His covenant loving.

6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
v. 8 In spite of our sins, God extends Himself to us in mercy.
In His grace, He gives us grace that is undeserved. (same in OT and NT)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even bwhen we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Plenteous in steadfast love towards us.
v. 9 chide= accuse
v. 10 He is aware of our weakness and loves us in our weakness.
He is aware of our weakness and loves us in our weakness.
His love does not depend on our complete obedience.
His love does not depend on our complete obedience.
v. 11-12 Examples of God’s Steadfast Love
As high as the heavens (immeasurable)
East and West
God’s love for us is measureless. His grace is infinite to those who believe.
“removed our transgressions from us” The goat would symbolically be taken into the wilderness, bearing the people’s sins, to teach the reality of our sins being removed. (wart)
Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.
Sing: Grace that is greater than all our sin
v. 13-14 God’s compassion is towards His children. The NT takes over the language used in the OT for Israel

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, fa peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the gpraises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

v. 13 pitieth= to love or greet softly
God knows that we are frail creatures that will return to dust and displays His steadfast love to us as such.
v. 14 knoweth our frame= created
Application:
Jesus knows you and where you are and doesn’t treat you according to your sin.
Even knowing who you are, He still extends His steadfast love.

Praise the Lord that He alone (not your obedience) sustains you as you seek to follow His commands. - v. 15-19

v. 15-16 Man’s time on earth is temporary. We are born in the morning and wither in the evening.
v. 17-18 BUT God’s steadfast love and righteousness is eternally eternal to His children.
His love and righteousness have been consistently extended to every generation.
Obedience to His commands is fruit (by-product) that shows evidence of belief.
“Outward allegiance to the covenant is insufficient. What is needed is obedience from the heart.”
The sign of belonging to God is love with action.

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
v. 19 God rules over His kingdom from His heavenly throne. (see v. 6)
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
His power, authority, and steadfast love extend to all people.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Application:
God’s eternal, steadfast love is not dependent on my obedience.
God’s eternal, steadfast love is what sustains me as I seek to obey His commands.

Praising the Lord and doing his work are directly tied together. - v. 20-22

v. 20 The angels praise the Lord as His messengers, performing the tasks God gives.
v. 21 The heavenly creation completes what God pleases. The sun, moon, and stars fulfill His will.
v. 22 The call to praise is stretched out now to include all of creation.
We all join in to His choir, exalting Him for His mighty work.
We sing a new song that angels cannot even sing, a song of redemption.
Application:
Your desire to obey should grow out of what you know to be true about God.
I desire to obey because He has forgiven me, healed me, redeemed me from the pit of corruption, crowned me with His love and mercy, and satisfied me with good things.
Conclusion:
Have you joined the choir?
If so, are you singing in the chorus?
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
Does thinking about God’s work towards you in Christ cause you to question whether you’ve received the gift of salvation?
Does thinking about God’s work towards you in Christ, cause you to want to praise the Lord?
Does your obedience reflect an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ?
“It’s hard for me to think of God’s goodness when things are so bad.”
v. 10 Imagine if God rewarded or dealt with us according to our sin.
I want God to be the object of my praise.
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