Gospel Logic Remembers God’s Covenant Faithfulness.
This week we have been taking especial note of the way biblical characters think. Since our mind is the seat of all change in our lives, and because God’s word has called us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:1-2), and because God has supplied us in his Word with all that we need for cognitive transformation (2 Pet 1:3-4; cf. Ps 19:7-11), we ought to think often about how we can fill our minds with gospel truths, and to know where to find such thoughts when times of trouble come–and they will come.
One of those places of personal gospel proclamation is Psalm 103. Today, we are simply going to point out a nine truths from Psalm 103–truths that have the power to lift weary souls and engender hope in the hearts of the desperate.
Gospel Logic speaks to himself; it does not listen to himself (v. 1).
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Gospel Logic reminds oneself of the comfort that memory brings; poor memory is one of the first steps towards misery (v. 2).
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, . . .
Gospel Logic recalls God’s history of personal faithfulness (v. 3-5).
Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Gospel Logic revisits God’s history of redemptive faithfulness (v. 6-7).
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
Gospel Logic ruminates on the name and character of God (v. 8-12)
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Gospel Logic does not try to make oneself larger, smarter, or more succesful in order to find security or comfort; rather, it embraces and admits weakness and delights in God’s unconditional electing love for them (v. 13-14).
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
Gospel Logic reasons that this trial is short-lived and will not pass into the new creation; meanwhile the promise of God’s eternal weight of glory keeps our hearts anchored to God’s goodness (v. 15-19).
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
Gospel Logic does not try to reduce God’s sovereignty, it does not delight in man’s free will. It delights in the One whose reign is absolute and meticulous (v. 19).
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Gospel Logic offers a sacrifice of praise based on God’s infinite worth, not based on the presence of joy in my heart. Whether we feel it or not, God is radiantly beautiful, and he is always worthy of worship. (v. 20-22)
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
May we read Psalm 103 today and be spurred on towards love and good deeds as we hear the gospel: Soul, bless the Lord! And forget not all of his benefits… Such gospel logic will sustain us in this life, and it will find eternal expression in the age to come.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss