Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!

After spending the last two weeks considering that
  • we are dust (Psalm 103:14)
  • our days are like grass (Psalm 103:15)
  • and our life will soon pass away (Psalm 103:16)
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I was ready for a pick-me-up. And let me tell you, our verses this week are a welcome encouragement. Some of the verses that most encourage me begin with “But God...” or “But the Lord…”. We have been meditating on the frailty and brevity of life but the story doesn’t end there. There is hope!

But the Mercy of the LORD is From Everlasting to Everlasting (Psalm 103:17)

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting! This is the width of God’s mercy. Back in week 6, http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/07/psalm-103-summer-memory-challenge-how.html we saw the height of God’s mercy “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:11) Something interesting I noticed between these two verses that together reveal the height and width of God’s mercy is in both God’s mercy is for: those who fear Him.

Pastor Chuck Smith identifies the recipients of God’s mercy this way:
1. Those that fear or reverence Him.
2. Those that keep His covenants and remember His commandments to do them. And this is His commandment, that we believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 3:23)

On Those Who Fear Him (Psalm 103:17)

Matthew Henry does and incredible job elaborating on the recipients of God’s mercy, saying:
“First, They live a life of faith; for they keep God’s covenant; having taken hold of it, they keep hold of it, fast hold, and will not let it go. They keep it as a treasure, keep it as their portion, and would not for all the world part with it, for it is their life. Secondly, They live a life of obedience; they remember his commandments to do them, else they do not keep his covenant. Those only shall have the benefit of God’s promises that make conscience of his precepts. See who those are that have a good memory, as well as a good understanding (Ps. 111:10), those that remember God’s commandments, not to talk of them, but to do them, and to be ruled by them. The continuance of the mercy which belongs to such as these; it will last them longer than their lives on earth, and therefore they need not be troubled though their lives be short, since death itself will be no abridgment, no infringement, of their bliss. God’s mercy is better than life, for it will out-live it.
And His Righteousness to Children’s Children (Psalm 103:17)

Spurgeon proclaims, “Mercy to those with whom the Lord makes a covenant is guaranteed by righteousness; it is because he is just that he never revokes a promise, or fails to fulfill it. Our believing sons and their seed for ever will find the word of the Lord the same: to them will he display his grace and bless them even as he has blessed us.”

God’s mercy is so abundant and far reaching that it will not only last our lifetime, but will go on to bless even my children’s children—my future grand kids. As a mother of a preschooler, this is amazing to consider.

To Such as Keep His Covenant, and to Those Who Remember His Commandments to Do Them (Psalm 103:18)

It’s important to note that our kids and grand kids cannot ride on the coattails of our salvation. They must personally accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior to receive God’s mercy, as well as the other benefits we’ve discovered throughout Psalm 103.

Charles Spurgeon explains,
“Children of the righteous are not, however, promised the Lord's mercy without stipulation, and this verse completes the statement of the last by adding: To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The parents must be obedient and the children too. We are here bidden to abide by the covenant, and those who run off to any other confidence than the finished work of Jesus are not among those who obey this precept; those with whom the covenant is really made stand firm to it, and having begun in the Spirit, they do not seek to be made perfect in the flesh. The truly godly keep the Lord's commands carefully—they "remember"; they observe them practically—"to do them": moreover they do not pick and choose, but remember "his commandments" as such, without exalting one above another as their own pleasure or convenience may dictate. May our offspring be a thoughtful, careful, observant race, eager to know the will of the Lord, and prompt to follow it fully, then will his mercy enrich and honour them from generation to generation.”
This verse really shows the need for memorizing God’s Word not only for ourselves, but for our children as well.  As I read “Those who remember His commandments to do them.” (Psalm 103:18) it hit me that to do God’s commandments I first need to remember them. They need to be fresh in my mind and at the forefront of my thoughts. If not, I will easily forget what He’s called me to, struggle to live a godly life, and fall into trials that remembering and obeying God’s commands would have kept me from. His commands are not to burden us, but to protect us and to enable us to live life to its fullest and be spared headaches and heartaches and life that are completely avoidable simply by remembering and obeying God’s commands.

When Satan tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, He was able to get her to second-guess herself and her God because she did not remember God’s command to do it. (Genesis 3) She was familiar with God’s command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, but had she committed God’s command to her memory, when Satan was questioning God’s command, she would have been able to say with full assurance that she was absolutely not to eat the fruit of that tree because if she did she would surely die. God never said she would die from touching the fruit. But that is what Eve told the serpent because she didn’t have a solid knowledge of God’s Word. She was simply familiar with it. Familiar is good. It’s better than not knowing it at all. But in Eve’s case, Satan was able to see where she lacked knowledge and used it to create doubt and confusion in her mind concerning God and His Word. The more we know God’s Word, the less likely we will be deceived by Satan, or anyone else. This is just one reason why memorizing Scripture is so essential for us and our kids.

Just for this week…

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
9
August 6-12
Psalm 103:17-18
1. Review last week’s verses first (Psalm 103:15-16) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Psalm 103:1-16) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Psalm 103:17 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Psalm 103:18 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 

Question for You: What are your favorite Scripture memory tips or helps for hiding God’s Word in your heart? 



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. A friend's son was going through a divorce. He told his mom, "I hated learning all those memory verses, but every one of them have come back to me during this time." Excellent encouragement.

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    1. Pamela, what a beautiful testimony to the ways the Holy Spirit uses the verses we memorize as a comfort and encouragement to us during the hard times in our life. Thanks for sharing! God bless you much!

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  2. I've never tried anything creative with memorizing Scripture. I just sit there and say it over and over. Perhaps that's why I've always failed miserably at it! I need to find a way to make it fun for myself!

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

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    1. Mary Beth, though repetition is key to memorizing anything, you're absolutely right that making it fun is essential for sticking with it. What makes it fun for me is memorizing with a group of ladies and hearing their insights and tips along the way, as well as coming to familiar verses in a passage I'm memorizing and discovering "Oh, that's where this verse is! I love this verse!" I encourage yow, if you've never memorized a passage of Scripture with a group of ladies, prayerfully consider memorizing 1 Peter 1 with all of us ladies who will be memorizing it together at www.donotdepart.com You'll love it! God bless you richly!

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  3. Coming over from Five Minute Friday! Thanks for sharing! Memorizing verses can be so helpful in times of trouble and happiness!

    www.gratefulwithtwo.com

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    1. Elisha, I completely agree! There are so many benefits to memorizing verses. God bless you lots!

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  4. Great ideas! I will definitely use these Loves reading Pamela's comments. My husband and I re-married after divorce. I started my website to try to reach out to people. I never thought of verses as a way to help married couples, but she is so right. When times get tough, we should rely on the Bible more! All the more reason to help our children learn the verses so that they have another tool!!!

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    1. Thanks, Brandy! I like what you said, "When times get tough, we should rely on the Bible more!" That is so true! Thanks for sharing! God bless you much!

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  5. What an abundance of truth and encouragement from God's Word. Thank you for sharing :)

    Visiting from Beholding Glory.

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    1. Thanks, Michele! I agree, His Word is packed-full of truth and encouragement. God bless you richly!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! Glad they blessed you. God bless you lots!

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  7. I'm so glad His mercies are new every morning!

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  8. I really need to work on memorizing His word. I know the *easy* verses, but there are so many that I would love to have in heart!

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    1. Aurie, if you're up for it a lot of us are going to be memorizing a passage of Scripture led by the great ladies at Do Not Depart. I wrote a detailed post about the upcoming challenge, as well as my plan for memorizing the Scriptures we'll be hiding in our hearts.

      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-bible-memory-challenge-coming-soon.html

      We'd love for you to join us! I memorize so much better with a group to keep me inspired and accountable. Perhaps this next memory challenge would be the perfect thing for you, too. God bless you richly!

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