Psalms 103-104

Psalms 103-104

Psalm 103:8We need to be in a place where we’ve learned that God loves us; that God desires for us to be in relationship with Him and walking in that love; good, bad, and ugly. I don’t care what’s going on in your life. God wants to be there with you going through it. The fact is, if you’re a believer this morning, and you have the Holy Spirit in your life, I don’t care what your situation is, the Lord is going through it with you whether you talk to Him about it or not, so you might as well…

The thing I need to be reminded of the most is to praise the Lord, and yet, it’s not just praising the Lord on the outside. It’s looking into my heart, looking into my soul, looking into that place that I have that closest, intimate time with the Lord, that I have to remind myself sometimes, “Soul, praise the Lord! It doesn’t matter what’s going on out here. Soul, praise the Lord!”

This is God’s desire: to show His love. Do you know how much God loves you this morning? You know, from time to time I have to stop and say, “Do you realize how much God loves you today?” and remind myself of that! …And we have to remind each other of that from time to time. Do you know how much God loves you? He loved us enough…that He gave us His Son to prove that love…

This is the amazing thing about the relationship that we have with God… He is slow to anger. He doesn’t want to have to sit up on the throne and zap us with lightning every time we do something wrong. He wants us to know we have sin in our life and it needs to be dealt with, but because of His compassion and His love for us, He deals with us differently than how we would deal with each other… I, in my flesh, sometimes, am quick to judge because of what somebody else has done to me, but yet God in His love, in His compassion, in His graciousness, is slow to His anger, and He abounds in love…

Understand something: even though He doesn’t accuse us right away and even though He’s slow to anger, it doesn’t mean that He’s going to always withhold His anger. There is a time that God has to deal with us. There comes a time when my flesh just keeps getting in the way, that God does have to kick me in the pants… But He does it because He’s dealing with heart issues that we have that keep us separated from Him… Sin separates us from Him. His desire is to be in love relationship with us…

God went to great lengths to see to it that we could have love relationship with Him. It’s phenomenal. If you took time just to think of the dynamics of that, it is phenomenal that God would even care, but He does…

Pastor Dave Elkins

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