Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: Strength for the Weary

As we begin the third week of the Psalm 103 Summer Memory Challenge, we will be focusing this week on Psalm 103:5-6, and meditating on the precious promises within these fabulous verses.

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Just look at what God promises us in these verses:
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:5-6)
 Who Satisfies Your Mouth with Good Things

In Psalm 34 David invites us to “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” (Psalm 34:8) All who know Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior can testify that they’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good.

Throughout the Bible we see others who have tasted and seen God’s goodness as He has faithfully satisfied their mouth with good things.

* When the Israelites were famished in the wilderness and crying out for food, the Lord satisfied their mouths (and hungry tummies!) with Manna, bread from heaven. (Exodus 16:15)

* When the Widow at Zarephath, who was on the brink of starvation, was asked by the prophet Elijah to give him the first portion of the last of her food she was saving for her and her son’s last meal before they died, God satisfied the mouths of the obedient widow and her son by making sure her flour and oil never ran out, so they always had something good to eat. (1 Kings 17:7-24)

* In His first-ever miracle, Jesus satisfied the mouths of the people at a wedding in Cana, where Jesus was also a guest. (John 2:1-11)Having run out of wine, which would have been a totally humiliating situation for the bride and groom had everyone known about it, Jesus ordered the servants to fill up six stone jars with water, and then instructed them to ladle out some water and take it to the master of the banquet. When they ladled out the water, it miraculously turned into wine!

More than just miraculously replenishing the wine that had run out, Jesus made sure that word on this major social faux pas did not get out to the guests and wedding party, sparing the newlyweds a horrifically embarrassing situation. What an awful way it would have been for the newlyweds to start their new life together had not Jesus saved the day.

The wine that Jesus miraculously created was not simply more of what had ran out at the wedding, but rather was the best wine those people at the wedding had ever tasted. So much so that when the master of the banquet tasted the water turned into wine, he remarked to the groom, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10)

*God satisfied the mouths of the 5,000 people that had been listening to Him teach that day and had become hungry for dinner since Jesus’ teaching had continued into the evening. With just five loaves of bread and two fish, God miraculously satisfied the mouths of the thousands of hungry people with and all-you-could-eat dinner made by Jesus Himself! (Matthew 14:13-21)

* After His resurrection, Jesus satisfied the mouths of His disciples with a delicious fish breakfast! (John 21:1-14)

Though God continually satisfies our mouth with good things on this side of heaven, I am looking forward to God satisfying our mouths with good things at the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9), as well as by the hidden manna promised to those who overcome. (Revelation 2:17)

Though Psalm 103 up to this point has been packed with priceless promises to us, may we always remember that everything God does in our life is for our good (Psalm 84:11; Romans 8:28).

In Jeremiah 29:11 God promises us:
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
Since God has a good purpose for everything He does in our life, what is His purpose for satisfying our mouth with good things? The answer: “So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

So That Your Youth is Renewed Like the Eagle’s

This promise of renewal is best described in Isaiah 40:31:
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:31)
Just for this week...

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
3
June 25-July 1
Psalm 103:5-6
1. Review last week’s verses first (Psalm 103:3-4) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Psalm 103:1-4) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Psalm 103:5 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Psalm 103:6 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 

Questions for you: When has God nourished and revived you when you have been weary, either physically (with food or drink) or spiritually (by a verse or passage from His Word)? What verses is God using most powerfully in your life right now to nourish you and renew your strength like the eagle’s?



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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16 comments:

  1. I think He nourishes me most when I realize how hungry I am. Too often I don't recognize my hunger as being for Him. When I do, He is always just waiting.

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    1. Shanda, this is beautiful! I love how God is ready and waiting to meet our every need if we'll just turn to Him to supply our needs. He is so good to us! God bless you lots, Shanda!

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  2. Thank you for linking with On Your Heart TuesdaY!

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  3. The most recent Scripture that He nourished me with is Psalm 12:6 - The words of the Lord are pure words,
    Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
    Purified seven times.

    Purified silver reflects the image of the silversmith. God's word reflects who He is and reveals His nature. It is awesome to know that His Word will stand and I can absolutely trust it!

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    1. Jerralea, this is a great verse, and I love your interpretation of it! So great! I love how God refines us! So glad He is doing a beautiful work in all of us! Thanks for sharing. God bless you richly!

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    1. So glad this blessed you, Mrs. T! God bless you lots!

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  5. Some of that scripture, I heard songs from church in my head. Thanks for sharing! New follower from Thoughtful Thursday. Love for you to return the follow.

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    1. I love when I read a Scripture and realize we sing it at church! Scripture put to music is a great way to memorize it! I love Seeds Family Worship songs--they are all verses put to music. My favorite album is Seeds of Courage. You can check them out at http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net So great! Thanks for visiting! God bless you richly!

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  6. That was so encouraging...the promise of renewal.
    Thank you. I'm a new follower.

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    1. Mrs.Bauer, I'm so glad this blessed you! Thanks for sharing! God bless you much!

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  7. He supplies our every need. Thank you for sharing this encouraging post.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. He sure does, Charlotte! :) And He does it so abundantly. (Philippians 4:19) God bless you richly!

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