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Verse of the Day (June 16, 2020)

Verse of the Day (June 16, 2020) #BMSeminary – This hymn of praise reflects on the faithfulness and goodness of God, who delivered Israel from Egypt under Moses (vv. 6–7). It calls people to praise God for his continued acts of merciful forgiveness and sustaining grace. The psalm’s theme is announced at the outset: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (v. 2). Indeed, these benefits are astonishing! Everything from physical healing, prosperity, and well-being, to spiritual forgiveness, peace, and hope, are grounded in the constancy of God’s covenant faithfulness to his people (vv. 3–5). Even when God disciplines his children, they can know that such punishment will give way to forgiveness and restoration. “He does not deal with us according to our sins” (v. 10) but instead casts our sins as far away as the east is from the west (vv. 11–12). After all, our heavenly Father knows our frame (v. 14) and is eager to show compassion to all who rely wholly upon his grace (v. 13). Although our lives are frail and fleeting (vv. 15–16), God and his love are from everlasting (v. 17). God has promised to bless those who fear his name, and nothing can hinder the accomplishment of his will (vv. 18–19). In light of such magnificent mercy and such covenant faithfulness, all of creation should stand in awe and give praise to his name (vv. 20–22). [Gospel Transformation Study Bible]

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