ps 103Here are some words that are on my mind tonight as I prepare for tomorrow. They are from Psalm 103:10-12:

11 [the LORD] does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

God does not treat us as our sins deserve because he treated Jesus as our sins deserve. That is what the cross is all about. So, let’s remember and celebrate the non-religious, ultra-radical promises of the cross as we gather, allowing the grace of the gospel to shape our singing, our engaging with the Word, our giving, our fellowship, our participating in communion, etc.

After all, the grace of God is the fuel of worship. That was true in Psalm 103. After all, the Psalm begins like this:

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

So, let’s remember that God does not treat us as the law demands, but in view of the cross with a heart of perfect, Fatherly affection. When that sinks in, we, too, will sing with the Psalmist, “Bless the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being praise his holy name!”

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