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Psalms 98-103


A Devotional Journey   
     led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
        Psalm 98 offers a celebration of the marvelous works of God.  Not only should the worshipers in the temple respond but also the sea, the rivers and all of creation.  He is the judge of the earth Who deals fairly with everyone.
        Psalm 99 portrays God as the great King of Zion (or Jerusalem).   In recognition of all He has done, His people should exalt the Lord and worship in the temple.     
        Psalm 100 is a celebration of the goodness and faithfulness of God.  The notation, For giving thanks indicates that the song was  used as an accompaniment to the offering.  Verse 3 is one of the most well-known in the psalms.  This song concludes a set begun with 93.
        Psalm 101 is attributed to David and contains his promise to rule with righteousness.  It may have been composed by the great king of Israel for his son Solomon's coronation.
        Psalm 102 embodies one of the traditional penitential psalms.  The main section (verses 1-22) is divided into four parts: 
1) a plea for God to hear (vs. 1-2); 2)  an enumeration of the problems being faced (vs. 3-11); 3) an affirmation that God will hear (and therefore respond) (vs. 12-17); and 4) a statement of faith as to the final outcome (vs. 18-22).  Verses 23-28 form a summary and personal statement of faith in God.
        Psalm 103 provides a hymn of praise for God's love and compassion.  He is portrayed like a father who knows and remembers the limits and needs of our lives.  This is a psalm traditionally read during the celebration of the Lord's Supper by Christians.
        The greatness of God and His marvelous works are a fit subject for reflection and rejoicing by us.  Our problem lies in the absence of consistent response and the unwelcome presence of sin in our lives.  Yet these songs are reminders that God's perspective on it all and His response has always been, and continues to be, one of compassion and love.
        Not only is God great; He is good to us!  Today, make a list of 10 things God has done in your life, or 10 prayers He has answered, or 10 ways He has proven His involvement in your life.  As you read them, ask yourself how much time you spend praising God versus the amount of time you worry about problems in your life.  If He is so praise worthy, perhaps He can help with your problems -- perhaps He already is!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010