His Love, Deep & Wide (Psalm 103: Song of Steadfast Love)

Though I am not what I ought to be, what I wish to be, and what I hope to be—yet I can truly say, I am not what I once wasa slave to sin and Satan!

I can heartily join with the apostle and acknowledge, “By the grace of God—I am what I am!”
—John Newton

Psalm 103

Message title: His Love, Deep & Wide (Psalm 103: Song of Steadfast Love)
Eighth week of Summer Psalms and the tenth week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism (finale)
Scriptures: Psalm 103; Hebrews 1:1-3
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 8/28/16

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I am not what I ought to be—
ah, how imperfect and deficient!
I am not what I wish to be—
I abhor that which is evil,
and I would cleave to that which is good.

I am not what I hope to be—
soon, soon I shall put off mortality,
and with mortality all sin and imperfection!

Though I am not what I ought to be, what I wish to be,
and what I hope to be—
yet I can truly say,
I am not what I once was
a slave to sin and Satan!

I can heartily join with the apostle and acknowledge,
“By the grace of God—
I am what I am!

—John Newton

The twentieth and final chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on how God is re-establishing and renewing what is right and good through Jesus (RETURN).

Through Jesus, God is reestablishing peace.
Through Jesus, God is bringing freedom.
Through Jesus, God is renewing His creation.
Through Jesus, God is putting everything back in its right and proper place.
And through Jesus, once again it is very good.

Story Catechism

Scripture readings:

Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)

The Supremacy of God's Son

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, …

Psalm 103:1-14 (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
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.

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.
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.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
    he remembers that we are dust.

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 103:14 Or knows how we are formed

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