Prayer: Merciful God, thank you for your patience with me, lead me to be patient too, in Christ. Amen.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
What do you say to the atheist who declares, “I cannot believe there is an all-powerful god that causes and allows so much suffering in the world.” Our DW answers, “I agree. I can’t and don’t believe in that kind of god either.” To the fundamentalist who says, “Jesus is coming soon, and he’s really angry.” Our DW says, “I’m not sure I believe in a vengeful, score-settling god either.”
What kind of all-powerful superman god do we see is full of fire and brimstone? What does that say about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? Is that what we see in Jesus? What about His power and use of healing, forgiveness? What about His redeeming the lost? Do these things not show a God who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love?
Our DW explains; “It is our crucified God who can meet us in the brokenness and struggles of life and give us hope. It is God revealed in Christ and praised in this psalm who can make a heart sing. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name’ (v. 1).”
Prayer: “Lord, overwhelm me with the grace you pour over me, so I can sing your praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Psalm 103:1-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.