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Psa. 103:1-5 A FEW WORDS ABOUT GOD’S BENEFITS
Intro: The background of this Psalm is unclear, but what is clear, is a desire on the
part of David to praise God for all that He has done. He speaks of God’s personal
blessings, v. 1-5; His national blessings, v. 6-7; His forgiving love, v. 8-14; His
eternal love, v. 15-18; and he ends with a universal call for all to praise the Lord, v.
It seems that as David begins to recall the blessings of the Lord, he is
overcome with praise for Him. (Ill. Benefits = “dealings” “How God has handled
the life of the writer.”) 3 times, David calls upon himself to render praises unto the
Lord. He wants “purity in praise” – the soul; he wants “abundant praise” – all that is
within me. He wants to offer up his sacrifice of love and praise to the God who has
done so much for him. By the way, God deserves our praise, Heb. 13:15. (Ill. He
will receive praise one way or another – Luke 19:40.)
There ought to be, in all our hearts a desire to praise God for all He has done
for us. Tonight, I want to spend a few moments in this Psalm, showing you that we
have reason to praise the Lord. Allow me to say a few words to you about the Lord’s
I. v. 3 THE BENEFIT OF FORGIVENESS
A. Ill. “All iniquity” – When a person comes to the Father through faith in the
Son, all is forgiven! (Ill. Psa. 103:12; Micah 7:19; John 14:17; Isa. 38:17; John
1:29; Isa. 44:22; Heb. 8:12; Eze. 33:16.) (Ill. The verb implies continuous
action – “who goes on forgiving” – 1 John 1:7. (Ill. He forgiveth and
forgetteth!) (Ill. Iniquity = crookedness – Not just our weaknesses and
failures, but the gross, enormous, crimson red sins that we commit. He
forgives them all – original, actual, life, lip, heart, omission and commission,
are all washed away in the precious blood of Jesus!
B. Healeth thy diseases – Not of the body, though He can in His will! But those of
the soul are in view here. He heals the bent in man toward sin. He arrests the
process of corruption that attends a life of evil – 2 Cor. 5:17.
II. v.4 THE BENEFIT OF FREEDOM
A. The Weight Of Everlasting Destruction – Ill. The reality of Hell fire – Psa.
9:17. Jesus delivers the repentant sinner from the fear of Hell, 1 Thes. 5:19.
(Ill. Redeemed – we were bought and the price wasn’t cheap – 1 Pet. 1:18-19.)
B. The Weight Of Life’s Burdens – Ill. All of life is tempered by the grace of
1. Lovingkindness – Grace – This is grace for every step along the way. Ill.
Paul – 2 Cor. 12:7-9. Like a crown that encircles the head, God’s grace
encircles all of life. As a result, we need not fear! Why? He is with us –
Heb. 13:5. Notice who He is. Knowing helps!
a. Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will see to it – Gen 22; Phil. 4:19 (Psa. 23:1b)
b. Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our peace – Phil 4:7 (Psa. 23:2)
c. Jehovah-Rohi – The Lord our Shepherd – Psa. 22:1 (Psa. 23:1a)
d. Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there – Matt. 28:20 (Psa. 23:4)
e. Jehovah-Rophi – The Lord our Healer – Psa. 23:3 (Psa. 23:3)
f. Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord our Banner – Ex. 17 (Psa. 23:5)
g. Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord our righteousness – Jer. 23:6 (Psa. 23:3)
2. Tender Mercies – Pictures God as a Father, tenderly caring for the needs of
His children – Ill. Luke 12:32. (Ill. Matt. 6!)
III. v.5 THE BENEFIT OF FULNESS
A. He Satisfies Us – Psa. 107:9 – (Ill. The world can deliver only death, pain and
heartache. The Father gives life, peace and blessing. The world cannot satisfy,
but God abundantly satisfies the heart of man. He does this by being who He
is! (Ill. Never mat a Christian, right with God, who was unsatisfied!)
B. He Strengthens Us – God gives us His strength to run the race, fight the fight
and live the life, Isa. 40:31.
Conc: With all these great blessings and benefits in view, isn’t He worthy of your
worship and praise? The question is, is He getting it? We certainly do have so much
to thank Him for!
Sermon By Alan Carr
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