Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: There’s No God Like Our God!

This week as we seek to memorize Psalm:103:3-4 we will be setting our mind on those benefits David instructed us not to forget in Psalm 103:2. That is those incredible benefits that we enjoy as a result of having a personal relationship with the Lord. Regardless of what is going on in our life, the benefits laid out in Psalm 103:3-4 are great reasons to rejoice and burst out with praise “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” (Psalm 103:1)

Love Song by Third Day

Consider just these four things God does for us:
1. Forgives ALL your iniquities
2. Heals ALL your diseases
3. Redeems your life from destruction
4. Crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies


He forgives, heals, redeems, and crowns us! truly, there is no god like our God!
F.B. Meyer notes. “Who forgiveth! who redeemeth! who satisfieth!--Notice the "present tenses" in this and the following verses. God's tender dealings run parallel with our lives. He is never weary or exhausted. Enumerate the blessings which He gives, and as the fingers tell the successive beads, praise Him: forgiveness; healing (Exod. 15:26); redemption; crowning; satisfaction (Psa. 36:8; Isa. 58:11); perennial youth. We need not think that the Bible authorizes the belief that the eagle literally renews its youth, but only that the youth, when renewed, is eagle-like in its royal strength (Isa. 40:31). Gems from the Psalms: Psalms 76-150 by F B Meyer
Who forgives all your iniquities

Really God forgiving all my iniquities is providing for my greatest need. I need forgiveness for my sins.

Though I try to please the Lord in all I say, think, and do I daily fall short and need His continual forgiveness.

For what I think: Instead of being anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6) and trusting God to work my situation to good (Romans 8:28) and deliver me (Psalm 34:17, 19) I may worry when a trial catches me by surprise. (Matthew 6:25-34) For that I need God’s forgiveness.

For what I say: Instead of always saying only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29) at times I can get frustrated and instead of biting my tongue, I verbalize that frustration in a way that doesn’t build others up. For that I need God’s forgiveness.

For what I do: Instead of rejoicing always (Philippians 4:4) and doing all things without complaining and arguing (Philippians 2:14), when faced with discouraging or frustrating circumstances I can easily succumb to complaining because my focus is on my circumstances rather than on God’s faithfulness. For that I need God’s forgiveness.

It is no wonder that David began this Psalm bursting out in praise to the Lord. If the only benefit was “Who forgives all your iniquities” that would have been more than enough. But God wasn’t finished there!

Who heals all your diseases

Every time I have sick with a cold or a flu and got better again, it is solely because of the Lord “who heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:3) The person diagnosed with a brain tumor who gets the incredible news from the doctor that the tumor has miraculously disappeared, this person may be quick to say “Only God could have done this! He healed me! “And rightfully so, because Psalm 103:3 points out that God is responsible for every healing.

After meditating on this truth these last two days, I couldn’t help but think about how in the past I would have a cold, get better in a week and naively dismiss my newly restored health as “The cold just ran its course.” The same goes for headaches. I’d have a headache, and in time I felt all better again. “Yeah I had a horrible migraine, but I took some medicine, got my rest, and in time the headache ran its course and I felt much better again.” But the truth is any time I have recovered from a cold, the flu, a migraine, etc. it is only by God’s love and grace. It is because He is the God “who heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:3) God deserves all the credit for every health affliction I’ve ever recovered from whether big or small. He is our Great Physician!

I will explore the benefits in Psalm 103:4 in a couple of days. Until then, this week as we work on memorizing these benefits (Psalm 103:3-4) let’s consider what these benefits mean to us and how blessed we are to have them.

Just for this week….
Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
2
June 17-23
Psalm 103:3-4
Each Morning…
1. Review last week’s verses first (Psalm 103:1-2) by reciting them through 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Read Psalm 103:3 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
3. Read Psalm 103:4 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.  


Happy memorizing! If you have any memorizing tips, praise reports, questions, or concerns feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to help in any way I can, and love to hear the good things the Lord is doing in your life as you commit Psalm 103 to your mind and heart. God bless you richly!

Question for you: What do having the benefits of Psalm 103:3 mean to you? 



Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick Links 
For tips and helps in memorizing your verses this week, check out the previous posts for the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge:
Introduction to Memorizing Psalm 103
Week 1: Psalm 103:1-2    Remembering God’s Faithfulness.
Week 2 (Part 1): Psalm 103:3   There's No god Like Our God!
Week 2 (Part 2) Psalm 103:4   Oh, How He Loves Us!
Week 3 (Part 1) Psalm 103:5   Strength For The Weary
Week 3 (Part 2) Psalm 103:6   God Will Give You Justice!
Week 4 (Part 1) Psalm 103:7   God Makes Himself Known!
Week 4 (Part 2) Psalm 103:8   Mercy in Abundance!
Week 5: Psalm 103:9-10 Better Than I Deserve!
Week 6: Psalm 103:11-12   How High and Wide is God's Mercy For Us!
Week 7: Psalm 103:13-14  God's Loving Compassion For Us!
Week 8: Psalm 103:15-16 Soon and Very Soon, We are Going to See the King!
Week 9: Psalm 103:17-18 God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!
Week 10: Psalm 103:19-20 God Rules Over All!
Week 11: Psalm 103:21-22 Bless the Lord! 
Week 12: My Plan for Keeping Psalm 103 Hidden In My Heart!
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10 comments:

  1. Praise God He is merciful or what would we be facing? It amazes me what He forgives.

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    1. Amen, Wendy! I loved what you said, "It amazes me what God forgives." Amazing grace! Oh, how He loves us!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! Glad you liked it! God bless you lots!

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  3. I am reading through Psalms right now... memorizing portions of it is a GREAT idea. Maybe that is up next! I love how you are doing so much more than memorizing words on a page. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it... (Proverbs 16:22)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah for your sweet words! I loved the Proverb, you mentioned too. So perfect! That's wonderful you're reading through Psalms right now. We will be memorizing Psalm 103 all the way until the end of August, so if the Lord puts it on your heart to join us, feel free to jump in anytime!:) I enjoy digging into the verses I memorize. It really helps me cement the verses in my mind and heart, and like you said, I get the added benefit of a deeper understanding of the verses I'm working on memorizing. That's my heart for these posts--that all who read these posts would reap those same benefits. God richly bless you, Sarah!

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  4. I am also amazed at the love and mercy of Christ. that He calls us friends, forgives us, and transforms us from the inside out. Beautiful! We are memorizing Colossians as a church body. ?We just finished Psalm 119 :) It made me cry it was so wonderful: http://www.deeprootsathome.com/?p=23346
    Bless you, new friend!

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    1. Jacqueline, I totally agree! I love that transforming work of God!(Psalm 1:3) That is so neat that your church memorized Psalm 119 together! What a great thing to do as a body! That is so awesome you're all now memorizing Colossians! My pastor is actually starting that book this Sunday going verse-by-verse. I can't wait! Colossians is so rich! God bless you lots, Jacqueline!

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  5. My usual Bible Study group is out for the summer, so I've been a bit lacking on Scripture memory. Thanks for reminder of its importance!

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    1. Esther, you're so welcome. I'm glad this blessed you! God bless you much, Esther!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!