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12 December 9, 2012 Psalm 103 Yahweh Our Father

  2. 2. The most widely acceptedpronunciation of Yahwehis: YOH vah = LORD Similar to: ye HO vah (Jehovah)
  3. 3. December 16 YAHWEH OURRIGHTEOUSNESS Jeremiah 23:5-6 Romans 3:1-26 Romans 10:1-13
  4. 4. December 23DR. BILL ASHFORDThe Real Christmas
  5. 5. December 30 No Sunday SchoolOne Worship Service at 10:30 am
  6. 6. Focal Passages Psalm 103:*Yahweh GivesUndeserved Love vv. 1-6*Yahweh DisplaysUnequaled Love vv. 8-12*Yahweh ExtendsUnceasing Love vv.13,17-18
  7. 7. What This Lesson IsAbout:David praised God for thebenefits we receive fromHim as a result of Hisfaithful love to Hischildren.
  8. 8. David compared Godwith a compassionatefather, and we see God asthe loving Father He istoward His children.
  9. 9. This lesson can help usrejoice and rely on theFather’s love.
  10. 10. How deep the Father’slove for usHow vast beyond allmeasureThat He should give Hisonly SonTo make a wretch His
  11. 11. treasure!
  12. 12. We need to discover andexperience the love ofGod our Father.
  13. 13. Psalm 103:1-18 HCSB1  “My soul, praiseYahweh,and all that is within me,praise His holy name.
  14. 14. 2 My soul, praisethe Lord,and do not forget all Hisbenefits.3 He forgives all your sin;He heals all your diseases.
  15. 15. 4 He redeems your lifefrom the Pit;He crowns you withfaithful love andcompassion.
  16. 16. 5 He satisfies you withgoodness; your youth isrenewed like the eagle.6 The Lord executes actsof righteousness andjustice for all theoppressed.
  17. 17. 7 He revealed His ways toMoses, His deeds to thepeople of Israel.8 The Lord iscompassionate andgracious, slow to angerand rich in faithful love.
  18. 18. 9 He will not alwaysaccuse us or be angryforever.10 He has not dealt withus as our sins deserveor repaid us according toour offenses.
  19. 19. 11 For as high as theheavens are above theearth, so great is Hisfaithful love toward thosewho fear Him.
  20. 20. 12 As far as the east isfrom the west,so far has He removedour transgressions fromus.
  21. 21. 13 As a father hascompassion on hischildren,so the Lord hascompassion on those whofear Him.
  22. 22. 14 For He knows what weare made of,remembering that we aredust.15 As for man, his daysare like grass—he bloomslike a flower of the field;
  23. 23. 16 when the wind passesover it, it vanishes,and its place is no longerknown.17 But from eternity toeternity the Lord’s faithfullove is toward
  24. 24. those who fear Him,and His righteousnesstoward the grandchildren18 of those who keep Hiscovenant,who remember toobserve His precepts.”Psalm 103:1-18
  25. 25. *Psalms has beendescribed has humanity’shymnbook because thesongs came out of the lifeexperiences of people ashuman as we are.
  26. 26. The beautiful poems ofpraise, thanksgiving, andpetition echo ourapproaches to God andoften serve as expressionsof our worship.
  27. 27. The psalmists faced manyof the crises, problems,and doubts we face.*They had many of thesame fears we have, andthey hurt as deeply as wesometimes do.
  28. 28. *They asked many of thequestions we ask aboutlife and God’sinvolvement in it.
  29. 29. Through their variedexperiences runs thestrong, sustained note offaith in their covenantGod.
  30. 30. Their stubborn trust inHim offers inspirationand encouragement to usas we continue ourpilgrimage of faith.
  31. 31. Focal Passages Psalm 103:*Yahweh GivesUndeserved Love vv. 1-6*Yahweh DisplaysUnequaled Love vv. 8-12*Yahweh ExtendsUnceasing Love vv.13,17-18
  32. 32. Yahweh GivesUndeserved LovePsalm 103:1-6 HCSB1  “My soul, praiseYahweh,and all that is within me,praise His holy name.
  33. 33. 2 My soul, praise theLord, and do not forgetall His benefits. 3 He forgives all yoursin; He heals all yourdiseases.
  34. 34. 4 He redeems your lifefrom the Pit;He crowns you withfaithful love andcompassion.5 He satisfies you withgoodness;
  35. 35. your youth is renewedlike the eagle.6 The Lord executes actsof righteousnessand justice for all theoppressed.” Psalm 103:1-6
  36. 36. In verse 1, King Davidcalled on himself (his“soul”) to praise Yahweh:1“Bless the Lord, O mysoul: and all that iswithin me, bless His holyname.” Psalm 103:1 KJV
  37. 37. In poetic parallelism, herepeated the summons tohimself in differentwords.
  38. 38. *The phrase “all that iswithin me” referred to histotal self, and the words“His holy name” referredto God in Hisseparateness fromhumans, His exaltation.
  39. 39. *In verse 2, Davidcontinued to encouragehimself to praise theLord.2 “Bless the Lord, O mysoul, and forget not allHis benefits:”
  40. 40. *The repetition of thewords my soul in verses 1and 2 mark the psalm asdeeply personal and hasprompted the view thatDavid designed it forpeople’s personal worship.
  41. 41. *The Hebrew termrendered benefits means“deeds” or “dealings” andrefers to God’s gracious,merciful acts (deeds ofundeserved love) on Hispeople’s behalf.
  42. 42. *David knew the dangerof taking God’s provisionsfor granted or of willfullydisregarding them andwanted to retain a keenawareness of theundeserved blessings he
  43. 43. and his people enjoyed.
  44. 44. *In verses 3-5, Davidrecounted some of God’sgracious acts for him andhis people.3“Who forgiveth all thineiniquities; Who healethall thy diseases;”
  45. 45. *David began listingGod’s merciful acts withHis forgiveness.*With the statement, Heforgives all your sin,David continued toaddress himself.
  46. 46. *Did he have in mind hiscommitting adultery withBathsheba and having herhusband Uriah killed (see2 Sam. 11:1-27)?
  47. 47. Psalm 51 is his agonizedprayer for forgiveness:
  48. 48. Psalm 32 is his joyouscelebration of beingforgiven:1 “How joyful is the onewhose transgression isforgiven, whose sin iscovered!
  49. 49. 2 How joyful is the manthe Lord does not chargewith sin and in whosespirit is no deceit!5 You took away the guiltof my sin.
  50. 50. 7 You are my hidingplace;You protect me fromtrouble. You surroundme with joyful shouts ofdeliverance.
  51. 51. 11 Be glad in the Lord andrejoice, you righteousones; shout for joy,all you upright in heart.”Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7 & 11HCSB
  52. 52. David wrote from hisexperience of beingforgiven for horriblethings he did against Godand he celebrated God’sincredible mercy.
  53. 53. The Hebrew wordtranslated forgives means:to let go,to pardon,to send away,(a continuous action).
  54. 54. Leviticus 16:8 -*the escape goat**“the sender away of sins”William Tyndale droppedthe “e” and translated itscapegoat in his 1530Bible, which the KJV kept.
  55. 55. Jesus Christ is seen tohave fulfilled both of theBiblical "types" - theLords goat that dealswith the pollution of sinand the scapegoat thatremoves the "burden of
  56. 56. sin". Christians believethat sinners who owntheir guilt and confesstheir sins, exercising faithand trust in the personand sacrifice of Jesus, areforgiven of their sins.
  57. 57. 3 “He forgives all yoursin;He heals all yourdiseases.” Psalm 103:3
  58. 58. *The term translated sinmeans“moral crookedness,”“going astray,” or“guilt.”
  59. 59. *David declared that Godis ready to forgivepeople’s wrongdoing withthe implication that theyrepent as a condition ofpardon.
  60. 60. *Because of God’s love,you do not need to beafraid to approach Him inrepentance.*To the contrary, you needto embrace Hisforgiveness.
  61. 61. Our Great High PriestHebrews 4:14-16 HCSB14 “Therefore, since wehave a great high priestWho has passed throughthe heavens—Jesus theSon of God—let us hold
  62. 62. fast to the confession. 15 For we do not have ahigh priest who is unableto sympathize with ourweaknesses, but One Whohas been tested in everyway as we are, yet
  63. 63. without sin. 16 Therefore let usapproach the throne ofgrace with boldness, sothat we may receive mercyand find grace to help usat the proper time.”
  64. 64. *You can experienceGod’s forgiveness becauseHe loves you, not becauseyou have made up for thewrong you have done.
  65. 65. *Next, David remindedhimself that God healedall his diseases.*Most likely David hadphysical, mental, andemotional healing inmind.
  66. 66. *Yet in a real sense, nomatter the cause ofphysical, mental, oremotional difficulties,God is the Source ofhealing.
  67. 67. *Researchers, physicians,medications, andtreatments can assist theprocess, but ultimatelyGod brings physicalwholeness.
  68. 68. *He gives peace of mindand serene confidence inHis loving care.
  69. 69. *The surgeon can cut butonly the Lord can heal!
  70. 70. 4 “He redeems your lifefrom the Pit;He crowns you withfaithful love andcompassion.” Psalm 103:4
  71. 71. *God acted as David’skinsman-redeemer, hisNext-of-Kin Who rescuedhim from bondage.*The term redeems couldconvey the senses ofprotection and
  72. 72. restoration.
  73. 73. *Redemption has the ideaof liberating someonethrough payment of aprice.*The Israelites wereredeemed from slavery inEgypt through God’s
  74. 74. mighty acts.*To celebrate this truth,they redeemed theirfirstborn sons by offeringsacrifices, reflecting theirsons’ being spared duringthe tenth plague.
  75. 75. *God had delivered(rescued) David from thePit in verse 4.*The phrase the Pit was adesignation for Sheol, theplace of the departeddead.
  76. 76. The Hebrew termrendered Pit can alsomean “destruction”—anything that could havetaken David’s life.
  77. 77. *Either way, Davidstressed that God hadpulled him back from thebrink of death so that hecontinued to live.*The emphasis is on God’sgranting recovery.
  78. 78. *Not only had God pulledDavid from the clutches ofdeath, but He also relatedto David with faithfullove and compassion. (Hecrowns you with faithfullove and compassion.) v4
  79. 79. *The Hebrew verbtranslated crowns literallymeans “to surround,”“to compass.”*The noun means“crown” or “wreath.”
  80. 80. *The verb has the sense ofGod’s freely giving Hisblessings.*The Hebrew termrendered faithful lovemeans “loving-kindness,”“mercy”.
  81. 81. (He crowns you withfaithful love andcompassion.) *The termrendered compassion(literally, “compassions”)has the sense of attentivetenderness.
  82. 82. 5 “He satisfies you withgoodness;your youth is renewedlike the eagle.” Psalm 103:5
  83. 83. *The word satisfies hasthe sense of receivingmore than enough, ofbeing filled.
  84. 84. (“He satisfies you…” v5)*The Hebrew termrendered you has beentaken as a reference toDavid’s soul (life).*He satisfies your life withgoodness.
  85. 85. 5 “He satisfies yourlife with goodness;your youth is renewedlike the eagle.” Psalm 103:5
  86. 86. David’s emphasis was onthe abundance Godsupplied, which renewedhis youth like the eagle.Because of the eagle’sswift movements, itsymbolized strength.
  87. 87. *Its size andcomparatively long lifeadded to the image.*Because it renewed itsplumage, it also may havesymbolized youth.
  88. 88. *We view the eagle as asymbol of strength andauthority, which is whyour country embraced itas our national bird.
  89. 89. Qualities of the eagle thatcaptured the imaginationof the writers of Scripture:Soaring – the ability tostay aloft (Isa. 40:31 andPsalm 103:5) was amystery to the wise men
  90. 90. (Proverbs 30:19) as well asa picture of divineprotection (Exodus 19:4).*Another majorcharacteristic of the eagleis its ability to strike akilling blow (Deut 28:49).
  91. 91. Coupled with its strikingability is the quality ofspeed.
  92. 92. *Our fountain of youth isnot something we drink,nor is it the product of thenewest cream we apply toour faces.
  93. 93. *What keeps us youngand renews our strength –regardless of ourbiological age – is God’scommitment to us andour relationship withHim.
  94. 94. Exodus 19:4 tells ofYahweh’s guidance ofIsrael through thewilderness asaccomplished “on eagles’wings.”
  95. 95. *This symbol ofdeliverance andprotection almostcertainly relates to theeagle’s care for its young.
  96. 96. *The golden eagle teachesits young to fly by forcingthem from the nest andthen hovering over andunder them.
  97. 97. *During this training theeagle appears to becarrying the eaglets.
  98. 98. *The eagle was a symbolto the Jews of God’somnipotence andprotection (Ex. 19:4 andDeut. 32:11).
  99. 99. Psalm 103:6-7
  100. 100. 6 “The Lord executes actsof righteousnessand justice for all theoppressed.7 He revealed His ways toMoses, His deeds to thepeople of Israel.”
  101. 101. *David broadened reasonsto praise God thatincluded other Israelitesas well as himself (vv. 6-8).
  102. 102. *The Lord (Yahweh,covenant God) executedacts of righteousness andjustice for all theoppressed.
  103. 103. *The phrase acts ofrighteousness referred toGod’s fulfilling Hiscovenant obligations (andperhaps to the benefitslisted in vv. 3-5).
  104. 104. *Justice had the force ofupholding the rights ofpeople who weredeprived of them.
  105. 105. *The oppressed werepeople who werewronged, who werevictims of extortion.
  106. 106. *The Old Testamentemphasizes that God is onthe side of the oppressed.*He champions theircause.
  107. 107. *Although the comparisonof God with a father doesnot occur until verse 13,verses 2-6 support anddefine a compassionatefather’s character.
  108. 108. *Be aware that as God’schild you enjoy thebenefits David outlined.*Offer the Lord praise andthanks for all His benefits!
  109. 109. *David stated that theLord had “revealed Hisways to Moses” (v. 7).
  110. 110. Focal Passages Psalm 103:*Yahweh GivesUndeserved Love vv. 1-6*Yahweh DisplaysUnequaled Love vv. 8-12*Yahweh ExtendsUnceasing Love v 13, 17-18
  111. 111. Psalm 103:8-128 “The Lord iscompassionate andgracious,slow to anger and rich infaithful love.
  112. 112. 9 He will not alwaysaccuse us or be angryforever.10 He has not dealt withus as our sins deserveor repaid us according toour offenses.
  113. 113. 11 For as high as theheavens are above theearth,so great is His faithfullove toward those whofear Him.
  114. 114. 12 As far as the east isfrom the west,so far has He removedour transgressions fromus.” Psalm 103:8-12
  115. 115. *David continued tooutline the benefits Godgave His people.*These benefits flowedfrom God’s character.
  116. 116. *David’s statement inverse 8 echoes Exodus34:6b, where God partiallyrevealed His character toMoses.
  117. 117. *In Psalm 103:8, Davidlisted four qualities ofGod’s characterdemonstrated in Hisdealings with His people.
  118. 118. *First, the Lord iscompassionate.*Yahweh, the faithfulcovenant God, is merciful.
  119. 119. *Second, God is gracious.*The word gracious wasused only of God in theOld Testament.
  120. 120. *The verb means “to showfavor” with theimplication that God’sfavor is not based onpeople’s deserving it butis a facet of His character.
  121. 121. *The noun form means“grace.”*Third, Yahweh is slow toanger.*He is forbearing andsuffers long with people’ssins.
  122. 122. *He does not nurture(“keep”) His anger.*Fourth, God is rich in[abounding in] faithfullove—covenant love;loving kindness;goodness.
  123. 123. *David used a courtroomterm to stress that Goddid not carry Hislegitimate quarrel orcontention with Hispeople to the full extent.
  124. 124. *He would not alwaysaccuse them; He wouldnot constantly find faultwith them and beratethem.
  125. 125. *Rather, He would dealwith their sin and wouldnot continue punishmentbeyond that point.*Furthermore, God wouldnot hold a grudge againstHis people.
  126. 126. *Unlike humans, Hewould not nurture (keepor guard) His anger witha view to unleashing it forpersonal satisfaction.
  127. 127. *David was acutelyconscious of God’s greatmercy.*The Lord had not dealtwith the Israelites as theyhad deserved.*Their sins were many.
  128. 128. *The Hebrew termrendered sins comes froma word that means “tomiss the mark,” “to notfollow the right path.”
  129. 129. *The Israelites often hadfailed to meet God’sstandards, to performtheir covenant duties.
  130. 130. *The term translatedoffenses comes from aword that means “to twistor bend” or from a termthat means “to commiterror, to go astray.”
  131. 131. *David had in minddeliberate acts of moralperversity, crookedness,or error.
  132. 132. *These wrongs againstGod called for severeconsequences, yet He hadnot reacted vindictively.
  133. 133. *He did not deal out tothem the devastatingconsequences for whichtheir wrongs called.
  134. 134. *This truth stressed thatGod’s purpose is to returnsinners to His “rightpaths” (Ps. 23:3) byexercising mercy.*He delights in pardon,not punishment.
  135. 135. *The introductory wordfor in verse 11 connectswhat follows with verses8-10, especially verse 8.11 “For as high as theheavens are above theearth…”
  136. 136. *Because God is rich infaithful love, He did notmete out what theIsraelites’ sins deserved.
  137. 137. *In verse 11, Davidreturned to his emphasison the scope and depth ofGod’s faithful love,which is unique andunequaled.
  138. 138. *Unlike many people’sexpressions of love as anemotion, God’s love isunconditional andconstant, never waveringin intensity.
  139. 139. *David used the greatestexpanse he knew todescribe the vastness ofGod’s loyal, covenantlove.
  140. 140. *To him, the distancebetween the heavens andthe earth was beyondmeasuring.
  141. 141. *Thus, God’s steadfastlove was great (strong,powerful) beyond themind’s ability to calculate.*His unfailing love wasdirected toward peoplewho feared Him.
  142. 142. *The Hebrew termrendered fear has theideas of awe, reverence,and honor (respect).
  143. 143. *People who followedGod—who reverencedHim and sought to keepHis covenant demands—experienced His constantkindness.
  144. 144. *They also experiencedHis forgiveness.*Transgressions were actsof rebellion against God’sauthority.
  145. 145. *The root Hebrew wordhas the force of willfulrevolt, of defiance.*To David, the greatestlateral distance was eastto west, sunrise to sunset.
  146. 146. *God’s removing Hispeople’s willfuldisobedience that farpictured unmitigatedforgiveness.
  147. 147. *Implied is that God’sforgiveness followed thepeople’s confession andrepentance.
  148. 148. *David was not describingGod’s easy tolerance ofsin but His willingness toextend grace to repentantsinners.
  149. 149. *How can we demonstratereverence for God?*We can do so by keepingHis commandments.*We cannot presume onGod’s love and adopt an“anything goes” attitude.
  150. 150. *His loving us does notmean we can sin withoutreaping the consequences.*When we sin, we need toreturn to God quickly forforgiveness and grace.
  151. 151. *When we confess andrepent, His forgiveness iscomplete.*We should be gratefulthat God’s love is greaterthan our sins against Him.
  152. 152. *These verses,particularly verse 12, arefavorites among manyChristians asdemonstrations of God’svast, unequaled love.
  153. 153. *Ponder the reality ofhaving your sinsremoved “as far as theeast is from the west.”*Thank God for suchlove.
  154. 154. Focal Passages Psalm 103:*Yahweh Gives UndeservedLove vv. 1-6*Yahweh DisplaysUnequaled Love vv. 8-12*Yahweh ExtendsUnceasing Love vv.13,17-18
  155. 155. Psalm 103:13,17-1813 “As a father hascompassion on hischildren,so the Lord hascompassion on those whofear Him.
  156. 156. 17 But from eternity toeternity the Lord’sfaithful love is towardthose who fear Him,and His righteousnesstoward the grandchildren
  157. 157. 18 of those who keep Hiscovenant,who remember toobserve His precepts.” Psalm 103:13, 17-18
  158. 158. *David compared an idealfather’s relationship withhis children and God’srelationship with Hispeople.
  159. 159. *Psalm 68:5 states God is“a father of thefatherless”; and in Psalm89:26-27, God through thepsalmist declared Davidwould address Him as“my Father” and that God
  160. 160. would make David His“firstborn.”
  161. 161. *God through the prophetHosea said: “When Israelwas a child, I loved him,and out of Egypt I calledMy son” (Hos. 11:1).
  162. 162. *In Psalm 103:13,however, the concept ofGod as Father is fleshedout and personalized.*Keep in mind that Davidused the word father inthe best possible sense.
  163. 163. *A model father hascompassion on hischildren.*He is affectionate, caring,and tender in histreatment of them.
  164. 164. *God has compassion onthose who fear Him—people who reverenceHim and faithfullydischarge their covenantresponsibilities.
  165. 165. Word Study: compassion(v. 13; “pitieth,” KJV)*In the Scriptures, theHebrew word translatedhas compassion most oftendescribes God as the Oneexercising compassion.
  166. 166. *The term means “to besoft,” “to be gentle,” “tolove.”*It can be translated “hasmercy.”
  167. 167. *It conveys the sense of amother’s tender care forher child.
  168. 168. *David may have used theterm to stress the intensityof God’s deepest feelingstoward His people—Hisheartfelt concern for them.
  169. 169. *God expressed His deepemotion in protective careand acts of provision.*He also expressed it ingracious forbearance andforgiveness (see v. 8).
  170. 170. *Jesus would fill out theconcept of God as thecompassionate Father inHis parable in Luke 15:11-32.
  171. 171. *The story’s centerpiece isin verse 20:“His [the returning son’s]father … was filled withcompassion.”
  172. 172. *Later, the father wouldshow the samecompassion for thesulking older brother.*God is like that.
  173. 173. *His compassion meritsour deepest gratitude andhighest praise.1. Fred M. Wood, Psalms:Songs From Life (Nashville:Convention Press, 1984),3.
  174. 174. *The incredible truth isthat God feels for us andwith us and relates to usin love.
  175. 175. *He presents a superbexample for humanfathers to follow inrelating to their children.
  176. 176. *In verses 14-16, Davidstressed that God not onlyis compassionate but alsois understanding.*He keeps in mind thathumans are frail and theirlives are brief.
  177. 177. *They flourish for a shorttime and pass on, leavingno lasting sign behind.
  178. 178. *Yet in spite of their frailtyand short lives, peoplewho relate to God inreverent obedience aresubjects of His attentivegoodness.
  179. 179. *God’s faithful love(covenant love, lovingkindness, mercy) for Hispeople is everlasting—constant, unfailing.
  180. 180. *From eternity to eternityconveys the sense ofGod’s mercy constantlyoverarching or spanningabove people faithful toHim.
  181. 181. *Stated another way,God’s faithful love for Hisfaithful people is eternal.
  182. 182. *Note carefully David’semphasis that people whostrive to keep covenantwith God receive Hisloving kindness.
  183. 183. *God loves all people andworks to bring them intorelationship with Him,but those who reject Hislove shut themselves offfrom His benefits.
  184. 184. *People who respond infaithful love to Himexperience Hisrighteousness—Hisgraciousness thatmaintains the covenantties.
  185. 185. *Included may be the ideathat God rewards Hispeople’s faithfulness.
  186. 186. *That He would actmercifully toward theirgrandchildren indicatesfaithful people’s influenceon future generations sothat God’s benefits wouldbe extended to them.
  187. 187. *David defined whatfearing God meant (see v.17).*To keep His covenantwas to fulfill covenantobligations—to meet theagreed-on terms.
  188. 188. *In poetic parallelism,David stressed that Godblessed people whoobserve His precepts—His charges to them orHis appointed decrees.
  189. 189. *The Hebrew term has thesense of somethingcommitted to a person’scare.
  190. 190. *To remember God’sprecepts meant muchmore than calling them tomind; it meant acting onthem in obedience.
  191. 191. *In verses 19-22, Davidcalled on everything inGod’s kingdom to praisethe sovereign Ruler.
  192. 192. *David exhorted the“angels of great strength,”who obeyed God’scommands, to praise Him.
  193. 193. *In the same way, “Hisarmies”—either heaven’shosts or the heavenlybodies (stars and planets)were to praise God.
  194. 194. *Even “all His works” inthe universe were to offerpraise.*David’s call to praiseGod peaked with hisexhortation to himself to“praise Yahweh!” (v. 22).
  195. 195. *In the previous lesson’sfocus on Yahweh, thegreat I AM, we saw apicture of God, Whostands above and apartfrom us.
  196. 196. *Psalm 103 emphasizesthat, as almighty andother-than-us as God is,He also reaches out to usas a loving Father.
  197. 197. *This truth should notbreed over-familiarity butreverent gratitude, utmostrespect, and readyobedience.
  198. 198. Biblical Truths• God graciouslyprovides marvelousbenefits for His people,the chief of which is Hisundeserved love.
  199. 199. • God’s love is greaterthan our sins against Him;and when we repent, Hegrants completeforgiveness.
  200. 200. • God’s love andforgiveness call for ourgrateful obedience, not an“anything goes” attitude.
  201. 201. • People who reverenceGod and keep Hiscovenant experience thefull benefits of Hisfatherly love for eternity.
  202. 202. Reflecting on God’sundeserved, unequaled,unceasing love shouldcreate great rejoicing inyour heart.
  203. 203. Ask Him to help youconstantly remember andrely on His love.