Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Youth is to be with the creator
Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed liked the eagle’s. (v.5)
Psalm 103 is one of the most familiar and beloved of all the psalms. It is a song of praise celebrating God’s deliverance in all aspect of life. This psalm is “key” to unlocking the right attitudes and right actions of worship. This psalm contains three steps of praising, Personal Praise (v. 1-5), National Praise (v. 6-18) and Universal Praise (v. 19-22). Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers once said about this Psalms, “there is too much in this psalm for a thousand pens to write, it is one of those all-comprehending scriptures which is a Bible itself, and it might alone almost suffice for the hymn-book of the church”.
Remind what Lord has done for us: The Psalmist begins with an invitation to praise God which reflects a burst of enthusiastic devotion in honor of the Lord. The word ‘praise’ is used 7 times in this psalm. The psalmist sings of personal mercies that he had himself received and lists our marvelous benefits from God – God forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems ours lives from the pit, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies us with good things (v. 3-5). So there is a reason to praise our God.
This psalm is very relevant for the youths. God satisfies our desires and our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The youth is a picture of strength and the eagle is a symbol of soaring strength. The eagle is long-lived, when she is old, casts all her feathers and fresh ones come, so that she becomes young again. The eagle is the most energetic and strongest bird, most fearless, majestic and most soaring. A life with God will be like this. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. (Isaiah 40:31). God by grace and comforts of his spirit, recovers his people from their decays, and fills them with new life and joy.
David cautions that we should forget not all his benefits. Human beings are forgetful creatures. It is unjust and unkind state of living. In today’s “busy”ness of life and in the many blessings of life it is so easy to forget our God. In today’s world many are keenly conscious of God’s ‘benefits’ associated with their own achievement. Many times we miss our blessings simply because we have the wrong attitude about things. Every day we are blessed by God with good things. In order to our return of praise God, there must be a grateful remembrance of the mercies we have received from God.
Prayer: God we praise you for your steadfast love and mercy, for your righteousness and justice. Lord we accept that all we have is a gift from you. Give us a thankful heart. Amen.
Thought for the day: - Wake up and look up, pray up and praise up.
Mrs. Shobha Binu, Long Island M T C, NY.