Creative Bible Study – Psalm 103

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Psalm 103 Digital Art JournalingCreative

For this week’s digital art journaling page, I used the digital kit called Get Artsy from SweetShoppeDesigns.  I love creating layers without getting paint and glue all over my fingers.  I’m using the Panstoria Artisan software for all my projects.  I love how God knows what I need to read and study each week in the midst of the current circumstances.  Read on for my thoughts about verse 8.

You can download the printable cards here.

Commentary

Oh, the words we say to ourselves. If you spoke to a friend the way you usually talk to yourself, how would she feel?

As we consider this Psalm, think of these words as a conversation David is having with himself.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!

He tells himself to remember all the benefits the Lord has provided: forgiveness, healing, redemption, steadfast love, satisfaction, and renewal.

Spend some time dwelling on each of these words and how God has provided these benefits in your life. Think about all the ways God demonstrated Himself and His power to Moses and the Israelites.

The words David shares in verse 8 come from a particular text that was frequently called to mind by Old Testament authors. David quotes Exodus 34:6.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

David, Moses, Jonah, Jeremiah, Joel, Nehemiah, and Hezekiah – all claimed these truths about God and His character in times of sin and despair (Joel 2:12; Lamentations 3:21–23; Psalm 86:15; Jonah 4:2; Nehemiah 9:16; 2 Chronicles 30:9).

With these words in his mind and his heart, David describes how God portrays Himself as a loving father.

Choose some truths from scripture to claim as your particular text for your self-talk. Tell yourself to bless the Lord and recount his mercy and grace and steadfast love.

Images

Redeems your life from the pit, crowns you with love, eagle, love as high as the heavens are above the earth, man’s days are like grass, throne in the heavens, angels, hosts

Hymns and Songs

Bless His Holy Name

I Will Bless Thee, O Lord

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

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